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Naidoc 2013
​NAIDOC 2013

​The National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) is celebrated nationally each year to honour and respect our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This year‟s theme, “Yirrkala Bark Petition 1963” is a bark petition that was constructed and signed by the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory.

The petition was the first legal document recognised by Government on Indigenous Land Rights. The petition proudly sits in parliament house to this day.

Locally, our community celebrated via flag raising ceremonies, sporting events, a march, an awards night, a family fun day and much more. Each year a quest is organised by the local NAIDOC committee to encourage leadership within our Indigenous youth. I am proud to announce two Mackay North State High School students, Mitchell Pitt and Sai Rowles as the Mr and Miss NAIDOC 2013 winners. Congratulations on all your winnings and efforts!

It was an honour to celebrate NAIDOC 2013 with Mackay Youth Support Services. Students from six different schools competed in a series of sporting events including Indoor Cricket, Volley Ball, Soccer and Netball. Ten Indigenous students from Mackay North State High School participated with enthusiasm and played with outstanding ability. Congratulations, girls.

 Laurel Dodd.