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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 August 2019) . . Page.. 2688 ..


(3) What is the expected ACT Government expenditure for this event and how much of this activity will be targeted towards indigenous businesses and community groups.

(4) Can the Minister provide an overview of what is planned from the ACT Government to celebrate Reconciliation Day on 27 May 2019.

(5) What ways will there be for the community, both indigenous and non-indigenous to be involved.

(6) What is the expected ACT Government expenditure for this event and how much of this activity will be targeted towards indigenous businesses and community groups.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Government is currently planning for a range of NAIDOC celebrations this year. Events include the annual Flag Raising Ceremony and the NAIDOC Luncheon. The Canberra and District NAIDOC Aboriginal Corporation will hold the NAIDOC Family Day for community to come together and celebrate. The ACT Government liaises with the ACT and Region NAIDOC Committee and the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body on the programming of events. It also works with the United Ngunnawal Elders Council, seeking advice on how to bring culture and language into the celebrations. As Canberra is the focus city for the national NAIDOC celebrations in 2019, we are also working with the national NAIDOC committee to coordinate events and activities.

(2) NAIDOC Week is primarily an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community driven event and is a demonstration of self-determination. There will be a number of ways for community members to enjoy NAIDOC events, including attending or hosting events. Eligible community members and organisations have been able to apply for grants to hold events during 2019 NAIDOC week, including through the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Grant Program (information can be found at www.strongfamilies.act.gov.au).

(3) ACT Government NAIDOC celebrations are funded through existing resources.

The Government seeks to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business and organisations whilst ensuring the goods and services meet the government’s needs and achieves value for money.

Under the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019 2028, the ACT Government has committed to implement the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Policy and support the procurement of services and products from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

(4) Reconciliation in the Park will be held in Glebe Park on Monday 27 May 2019 from 10:30am. The event has been designed for attendees to continue a conversation about reconciliation and truth telling. The event will showcase a variety interstate and local of artists, including the Merindas, Johnny Huckle, Kulture Break, the Wiradjuri Echoes, the Woden Valley Youth Choir and Grace Obst. The event also will include interactive activities, food vendors and information stalls.

In addition, the Reconciliation Day grants program supports community driven, grassroots events on and around Reconciliation Day. Fifteen recipients were


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