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First visit by First Nations Ambassador to Torres Strait

BRIGHT FUTURES: Tagai State College leaders (left to right) Mawai Whap, Tyrell Whap and Norethy Warria with Ambassador for First Nations People Justin Mohamed

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) has welcomed Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for First Nations People Justin Mohamed on his first official visit to region from 1 – 3 June.

TSRA Chairperson Napau Pedro Stephen AM said the TSRA was proud to host Ambassador Mohamed during National Reconciliation Week and the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival on Waiben (Thursday Island).

“The visit elevates the importance of the Torres Strait region, our culture and our people on a national and international stage,” Mr Stephen said.

“We trust the lasting memories of our vibrant culture, traditions, song and dance will help carry the voices and aspirations from our islands to the world.”

As part of the three-day trip, Ambassador Mohamed visited local schools, Indigenous-owned businesses, non-government organisations and attended a regional roundtable with a range of community, local, state and federal representatives on 1 June 2023.

Ambassador for First Nations People Justin Mohamed said the visit aimed to strengthen international ties for the region and understand Torres Strait perspectives on foreign policy.

“It was a privilege to experience the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival and meet with elected representatives, cultural leaders and community members to hear directly from local people about their interests in foreign and trade policy,” Mr Mohamed said.

“Supporting the meaningful economic development and participation of First Nations peoples in the global system is one very important facet of my role as Ambassador for First Nations People.”

Mr Justin Mohamed was announced as Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for First Nations People by the Foreign Minister, the Minister for Indigenous Australians and Senator Dodson on 7 March 2023.

Mr Mohamed brings a strong connection to community to the role, having worked in Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal health, social justice and reconciliation over decades. He has been extensively involved in First Nations community-controlled sector, as well as working in government and the corporate sector.

The Ambassador for First Nations People is responsible for leading the Government’s efforts to embed Indigenous perspectives, experiences and interests across the Department and develop a First Nations Foreign Policy Strategy.

For more information visit www.dfat.gov.au/international-relations/themes/indigenous-peoples/ambassador-first-nations-people

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