Projects and Initiatives

NAIDOC Speaker Series ‘Because of Her, We Can’

In 2018 DFAT’S Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program supported an outstanding series of powerful speaking engagements linked with this year's NAIDOC theme, "Because of Her, We Can". DFAT posts hosted visits by leading Indigenous Australian women achieving excellence in their chosen fields, across 17 countries in the Indo-Pacific, Africa, North Asia and North America.

The exchanges supported new partnerships in the fields of business and entrepreneurship, media, health, sport, arts, technology and leadership while promoting the expertise of Australia’s trailblazing Indigenous women.

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    Timor-Leste

    The Australian Embassy in Timor-Leste hosted a visit from the renowned Tjanpi Desert Weavers of Central Australia.

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    Africa Regional Speaker Series Tour — South Africa

    Pretoria Post hosted the first stop of Lee-Ann’s regional tour. The visit focussed on Indigenous engagement using art.

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    Africa Regional Speaker Series Tour — Ghana

    Ghana was Lee-Ann’s second stop of the tour; her visit coincided with the creation of the Ghanaian Council for the Arts.

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    Africa Regional Speaker Series Tour — Egypt

    Lee-Ann’s final stop in Egypt reinforced the message of NAIDOC Week and contemporary Australia to hundreds of people.

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    Tonga

    Former professional soccer player, Belinda Dawney engaged with soccer and touch football school students, communities and local artists.

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    Nauru

    Venessa Curnow, from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit at the Cairns Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.

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    Indonesia

    Missions in Indonesia hosted Julie-ann Lambourne, Torres Strait Islander business leader and CEO of Cairns-based enVizion Group.

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    New Caledonia

    Visting New Caledonia, Ella Havelka is the first Indigenous Australian ballerina to join the Australian Ballet Company.

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    Papua New Guinea

    The Australian High Commission in PNG, supported visits from both Emily Wurramara and Leila Gurruwiwi.

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    China

    The Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu brought prominent Wiradjuri academic and writer, Dr Jeanine Leane, to southwest China for a series of speaking engagements.

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  • Torres Strait delegations attend their first Melanesian Festival of the Arts

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    With the support of DFAT’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program, the Australian High Commission in Honiara arranged for a Torres Strait Islander delegation to attend the 6th Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival (MACFest).

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  • Touring Visual Arts Exhibitions

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a long and proud history of touring Indigenous visual arts. The department partners with the Commonwealth art repository, Artbank, to tour many of these exhibitions.

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  • Previous Visual Arts Exhibitions

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a long and proud history of touring Indigenous visual arts. The department partners with the Commonwealth art repository, Artbank, to tour many of these exhibitions.

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Last Updated: 26 February 2019