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Indigenous Public Diplomacy

Indigenous Public Diplomacy

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DFAT acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands we meet and work on. We pay respect to Elders past and present, and acknowledge the significant contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made and continue to make to our nation.

Indigenous public diplomacy features in all the Department’s public diplomacy programs. DFAT’s Indigenous public diplomacy program provides a platform for sharing and promoting the diverse excellence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, expertise and innovation through our overseas network. We connect Indigenous and non‑Indigenous peoples and communities, with a focus on meaningful participation and exchange. Indigenous public diplomacy helps deliver the department’s Indigenous Diplomacy Agenda and supports the global engagement of Indigenous Australia.

NAIDOC Week 2022 - DFAT Media Library. (Three flags)

Indigenous public diplomacy showcases the culture, science, media, entrepreneurship, and governance expertise of Indigenous Australians. DFAT does this through international exchange and visitor programs, exhibitions, tours, and speaker engagements in partnership with key institutions. We promote international best practice on policies and programs to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians and harness the soft power assets of Indigenous Australians in ways that add to our international influence.

Indigenous public diplomacy:

  • Promotes the expertise, knowledge and leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with a focus on international partnerships and exchange.
  • Supports major events such as NAIDOC week and Reconciliation Week, in Australia and overseas.
  • Partners with key institutions in the promotion of Australian Indigenous culture internationally, across all sectors including media, the arts, business and science.
  • Supports speaking engagements, tours, workshops, performances and exhibitions to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with the world.

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