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Working towards a National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority

20 Nov

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For decades, the idea of a National Indigenous Arts and Cultural Authority (NIACA) has emerged in recognition of the unique place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts holds as the world’s premier continuous cultural tradition.

A NIACA would acknowledge and assist with the ongoing responsibilities and obligations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to maintain, control, protect and nurture this inheritance and its myriad of contemporary creative expressions.

The Australia Council is facilitating the consultation process to collect input on the value, role, scope and form of a NIACA

At this stage, they’ve advised us that Western Australia is under-represented in the input collected so far. If you are over 18 and have an interest in the indigenous arts and cultural sector, they want to hear from you!

There are a few ways you can get involved:

  • An online survey which closes 7 December (this should only take 10 mins and is open to all interested stakeholders)
  • Discussion paper responses which close 7 December (responses to the paper can vary from a one page letter to a full submission and this is open to all interested stakeholders)
  • Consultation forums (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples only), with the Perth one happening Thursday 29 November

The input through this consultation will feed into a national gathering on First Nations arts and culture in the second half of 2019.

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.