Elaine Chambers, a proud Kuku Yalangi/Koa Aboriginal woman from Brisbane, is this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition. Artists entering the competition were asked to submit an artwork which represented their interpretation of this year’s NAIDOC theme – We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.

Ms Chambers’ artwork features four sets of feet standing on sacred ground. The most prominent set of feet are that of her father, Charlie Chambers Snr, who Ms Chambers says “hands down information to us about the sacred grounds we stand on”.

National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair, Anne Martin, said “to me the depiction of the feet represents our families and communities standing together, strong and united on Country”.

Co-Chairs Anne Martin and Benjamin Mitchell congratulate Ms Chambers on her winning entry and thank all the talented artists who submitted their artwork in this year’s competition. “We really appreciate the work that the artists have put into their pieces.” Mr Mitchell said.

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

What does NAIDOC stand for?

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

What is the history of NAIDOC Week?

Download and print the NAIDOC History Timeline (PDF version).

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