VIP Tour

Sunday, 19th - Thursday, 30th June 2022

A local and interstate tour was arranged for the VIP international delegates, to acquaint them with Indigenous Australian cultures and traditions. There were many shared experiences and lessons learned, particularly in the areas of economic development and agreement-making between Australian and international First Nations communities and organisations.

Participants toured Kambri/Canberra (Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country) then travelled interstate to Naarm/Melbourne (Wurundjeri and Bunurong Country), Djandak/Bendigo and surrounds (Dja Dja Wurrung Country), Meanjin/Brisbane (Turrbal and Jagera Country) and Minjerribah/Stradbroke Island (Quandamooka Country).

The tour promoted opportunities for the development of long-term, productive international partnerships for the benefit of First Nations populations globally.

Amongst those in attendance were: Tā (Sir) Mark Solomon, distinguished Māori Leader and former Kaiwhakahaere (Chairman) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Tribal Council of Ngāi Tahu) [Canberra leg only]; Harold Calla, Executive Chair, First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB); and Eric Henson, Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School and Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon.