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Creative Together advances First Nations cultural engagement

Queensland Government media release

A draft Cultural Engagement Framework set to advance First Nations cultural engagement in the Queensland arts sector has been released for sector consultation.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Draft Cultural Engagement Framework – Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures in Queensland aims to inform and guide respectful engagement with First Nations peoples, organisations and communities in the development and presentation of arts and cultural work.

“The Framework, developed by the First Nations Arts and Cultures Panel in collaboration with Arts Queensland, supports the Palaszczuk Government’s Path to Treaty, reframing relationships and supporting healing with First Nations peoples,” Minister Enoch said.

“We are committed to growing awareness and understanding of the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures, and our arts and cultural sector can pave the way to a road to renewal.

“The draft Framework is an important deliverable of the Palaszczuk Government’s Creative Together ten-year roadmap for arts, culture and creativity in Queensland, and is a key outcome of the work of the First Nations Arts and Cultures Panel, established in 2021 to strengthen the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the future of arts and culture in Queensland.

“The Cultural Engagement Framework includes a set of guiding principles and a strategy for   putting those principles into practice, with feedback now sought from the arts sector on how to best support them to achieve a more inclusive future.

Feedback from this consultation will inform the final Framework which will be released later this year.

“The Cultural Engagement Framework will be a living document that will evolve to best support the sector in growing career pathways and employment for First Nations peoples whilst supporting the telling of  unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories.

Chair of The First Nations Arts and Cultures Panel, Ms Georgina Richters said the Framework was specifically designed to produce meaningful engagement between the arts and cultural sectors and First Nations artists, organisations and communities.

“It was specifically designed to provide practical guidance to the sector based on feedback previously provided by the First Nations artists and organisations,” Ms Richters said.

“I would like to thank my fellow Panel members and Arts Queensland staff for their contributions in developing this framework.”

Consultation on the draft Cultural Engagement Framework will close on 31 May 2022.

For more information go to: arts.qld.gov.au