Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell, has described NAIDOC Week 2012 as a resounding success for the NAIDOC Committee and an example of reconciliation in practice.
"Once again, NAIDOC Week was a wonderful way to recognise and celebrate Australia's Aboriginal culture and to pay tribute to the oldest living culture in the world," Mrs Powell said.
"Indigenous and non-Indigenous Victorians from across the state came together to celebrate the achievements of the Aboriginal community and to demonstrate our shared commitment to the Victorian NAIDOC theme of Returning Unity to Community.
"The success of the week is due in large part to the commitment of the NAIDOC Committee and the many volunteers who were behind the various events throughout the state, and I wish to convey my gratitude to all those people who have organized or participated in the many NAIDOC week events.
"A highlight of the Week was seeing Mr NAIDOC Lewis Brown and Miss NAIDOC Makita McNally grow in confidence and stature throughout the week. Their performance highlights that there are many impressive young Aboriginal Victorians stepping into leadership and representative roles in their communities.
"I would like to thank NAIDOC patrons Peter Rotumah and Cherie Waight who have become great ambassadors for their people and their culture
"It was a privilege to participate in NAIDOC Week events such as the Flag Raising ceremony, the Elder's Lunch at the Aborigines Advancement League and join with 800 community members at the NAIDOC Ball.
"Hosting the Victorian Coalition Government's NAIDOC Reception was a very special occasion as I had the great privilege of unveiling Australia's first Indigenous Honour Roll, which will now be permanently housed in Parliament House," Mrs Powell said.
The Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll recognises exceptional Indigenous Victorians who have improved the lives of their community. Mrs Powell reminded Victorians that nominations to the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll are being accepted until 20 July 2012.
"I strongly encourage you to think about the people in your community who have made significant changes for the better and consider nominating him or her to the Honour Roll," Mrs Powell said.