Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Indigenous International Speaker Series

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
In 2019 the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) supported visits by 20 Indigenous Australians to 18 Australian Embassies and High Commissions in an International Indigenous Speaker Series to celebrate the UNESCO 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. Performers, writers, experts in language preservation and revival, community leaders, journalists and creators of films in language undertook programs across the Indo-Pacific, attended international conferences and supported the Australian delegation to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva. The program was a unique opportunity for Indigenous Speakers to engage with diverse audiences and counterparts, showcase their scholarly research and creative talents, develop collaborative relationships and showcase Indigenous Australia’s expertise abroad. DFAT is currently working to produce a video recapping the 2019 program. This will be used to promote the UN International Decade of Indigenous Languages from 2022-2032.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
Participants reported that the program built pride in culture, developed skills through workshops and exchanges, and exposed them to ways in which counterparts in other countries are reviving and promoting cultural knowledge.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
US$100,000 (A$129,000)
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Australian Embassies and High Commissions
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
Performing Arts