The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has an ongoing commitment towards reconciliation and acknowledges the significant contribution that Indigenous Australians have made and continue to make to the nation.
NAIDOC Week is a time when the department celebrates and proudly supports Indigenous Australian culture and people by showcasing the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the wider Australian and international community.
Across Australia, NAIDOC week is celebrated by Australians from all walk of life, who take part in activities and events in celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The department joins fellow Australians in July of every year to celebrate the week.
In 2018, DFAT celebrated the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women under the theme ‘Because of Her, We Can’.
The department’s celebrations included the highly acclaimed exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters from the National Museum of Australia (NMA), an Indigenous-led exhibition that is the first of its kind, in its attempt to tell an Indigenous founding narrative through using Indigenous ways of passing on knowledge.
DFAT was privileged to secure some significant pieces from NMA’s major exhibition to display in the department’s Atrium for NAIDOC Week celebrations.
At the Secretary’s NAIDOC reception, celebrations were amplified further with a performance from the traditional elders and custodians of the exhibition
Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters.
In 2019 DFAT will celebrate the theme ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’.