The Australia Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) took part in NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations, the annual National Aboriginal and Islander celebration. Held from 8-15 November under the theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, the Week offered an invaluable opportunity to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
The theme, Always Was, Always Will Be acknowledges Australia’s story began at the dawn of time.
AIFFP engages with Indigenous Australia to identify ways to promote economic empowerment and cultural understanding. NAIDOC Week also marks the anniversary of the partnership between the AIFFP and First People Recruitment Services, a fully indigenous owned firm that provided $10.3 million in recruitment services to the AIFFP, delivered over four years. AIFFP recently partnered with another indigenous owned firm, Promo Gear, for design and distribution of the Facility’s merchandise.
AIFFP is working closely with the Wantok Foundation to ensure that original music from Indigenous artists from across the Pacific are featured in the audio-visual materials produced to showcase its projects, including Charles Maimarosia from Solomon Islands and George Telek Mamua MBE from Papua New Guinea.