The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – in Australia and overseas – to tell their stories; take up opportunities to promote their heritage and culture internationally; and have a strong voice on issues which affect them.
As part of our commitments under DFAT’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2019 to recognise days of cultural significance to Indigenous Australians, the Department celebrated NAIDOC Week 2016 with a series of events aimed at promoting respect and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Video: DFAT’s NAIDOC Week Highlights
Transcript of this video
Gary Quinlan: The theme this year for NAIDOC Week is "Songlines: the living narrative of our nation". "Songlines" or "Dreaming Tracks" as they're also known, describe the stories of our Indigenous cultures, the narratives, the conversations, the pathways, the important oral histories that chronical what are the world's oldest continuous civilisations.
Jude Barlow: Songlines are about our connection to land, our culture and each other. They are about our connection to the spirits that created the lakes, rivers, mountains and the amazing animals that populate this country.
Mathew Trinca: And the world wants to know, has a passion to know, more about this nation’s first peoples. As you view the exhibition, please take a moment to reflect on really the core, the central meaning of NAIDOC Week and the opportunity it affords us all to celebrate the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Jude Barlow: Welcome and travel safety, following the songlines that have stood for thousands of years. Welcome to Ngunnawal Country.
Video: Stan Grant’s NAIDOC Week 2016 Address