Australian High Commission hosts NAIDOC Week

BY: Kate Baaba Hudson
Mrs Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin,
Mrs Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin,

The Australian High Commission in Ghana has celebrated the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week in Accra.

The NAIDOC Week is marked annually in Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

It is celebrated not only among indigenous communities but also by Australians from all walks of life.

This year’s NAIDOC Week, celebrated on theme: ‘Because of her, we can’, recognised the essential role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play as significant role models in the community.

The Deputy Chair of the Australia Council Board, Mrs Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, who is one such role model, was in the country for the celebration.

The Australia Council Board is the country’s government advisory body responsible for the funding of arts and increasing the visibility of Australia’s vibrant arts and culture domestically, as well as supporting Australian artistic excellence.


Torres Strait Islander Art

As part of the celebration, Mrs Buckskin hosted an exhibition on Torres Strait Islander Art at the residence of the Australian High Commissioner in Accra.

Mrs Buckskin has a strong history of working with Australian indigenous artists and is a highly regarded art management and policy professional in Australia.

Her areas of expertise include indigenous cultural preservation and identity, mentoring the youth through art, as well as using art as a medium for activism and developing a national arts management policy.

These are in line with the mandate of the Australia Council.

Mrs Buckskin’s visit to Ghana was her first opportunity to the country and she held workshops and had interactions with Ghanaian artists and industry players and shared experiences in the areas of art policy and strategy, as well as the use of art as a tool for development, cultural rejuvenation and youth mobilisation.