The Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) is proud to announce the addition of a new Acknowledgement of Country to the AIFFP website.
The AIFFP recognises the contributions of our First Nation’s people as traditional custodians of the land and value the rich tapestry of cultural, spiritual, and educational knowledge that is the heart of Australia.
The new Acknowledgment of Country artwork was conceived and created by three Indigenous women. The project was initiated and led by Jessica Whaler a Gamilaroi woman and former AIFFP team member, the artwork and attributing story was created by well-known Wiradjuri artist Kristie Peters with accompanying graphic design undertaken by Mandy Braddick of Wandandian Country.
From the artist.
“The artwork is a soulful expression of the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) and their ongoing commitment towards reconciliation.
The circles represent meeting places with the large meeting places representing the core values and the amazing people from AIFFP. Doing exceptional work delivering stability, security and prosperity going above and beyond creating a positive future and long-lasting changes that make a meaningful difference to families, community, and neighbours across the pacific.
The small meeting places represent the song lines which trace the path of our spiritual ancestors that are deeply tied to the landscape. Our spiritual ancestors guide us from the past to the present. We pay our deepest respects to those who have come before us sharing important cultural knowledge, wisdom, and strength.
The traveling lines represent different cultures coming together and building strong respectful relationships. It also represents the positive energy you all bring to each other, uplifting each other’s spirits, as you continue to support each other in the journey of reconciliation.
The handprints symbolise who you are and what you stand for as you take pride in all you do with a sense of belonging, building stronger connections with everyone you meet. It’s about the connections you make, the leaps you take and the mark you leave behind.
The dots through the meeting place help guide you along in making positive decisions. Each goal you set in life; you will gain strength to challenge yourself a little more. The more goals you set, the more self-respect will grow.
The footprints symbolise connection to community and country. It also represents growth and the many generations to follow in your footsteps in the respect that we can inclusively make a difference as we walk together for a better future.”
The Acknowledgement of Country will be included on the AIFFP website, in signature blocks and in printed publications.