The Department of Foreign Affairs 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 peoples to the wider Australian and international community.

Each July DFAT’S celebrates with Australians from all walk of life in recognizing the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is not just celebrated by Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life, who take part in activities and event across Australia.

In 2018, DFAT celebrated the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women under the theme of ‘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 custodian of the

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters.

In 2019 DFAT will celebrate the theme ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’.


Last Updated: 21 December 2018
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