IWDA is proud to present F! It! – a podcast bringing feminist and First Nations approaches to the heart of foreign policy conversations.

Hosted by Gumbaynggirr/Dunghutti woman, Julie Ballangarry, F! It! explores the perspectives of the world’s foremost First Nations thinkers and feisty feminists. Their voices have been excluded from foreign policy conversations for far too long.

So, join us in saying F! It! to foreign policy as we know it. 

F! It! is brought to you by IWDA and the Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition.

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Episode 1

F! It! is a limited series podcast bringing feminist and First Nations worldviews to the heart of foreign policy conversations.

This week, host Julie Ballangarry – a Gumbaynggirr/Dunghutti woman – yarns with James Blackwell, a Research Fellow in Indigenous Diplomacies at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU, and Alice Ridge, Senior Research Policy and Advocacy Advisor at IWDA, to discuss what First Nations foreign policy and feminist foreign policy have in common, and how they can help us rethink the way we interact with the world.

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Episode 2

In this episode we yarn with Dr Sheryl Lightfoot – an Anishinaabe woman, citizen of the Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe, enrolled at the Keweenaw Bay Community.

Dr Lightfoot talks about potential for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to inform a First Nations foreign policy. She also gives an insightful global perspective on the aftermath of Australia’s failed referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Dr Lightfoot is Chair and North American member on the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP).

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Episode 3

In this episode we yarn with Ambassador Justin Mohamed, a Gooreng Gooreng man and Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for First Nations People.

Ambassador Mohamed explains what he means by a First Nations approach to foreign policy, the broader context of the Voice to Parliament Referendum, and the need to move beyond tokenism.

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Episode 4

We’ve explored the theory, now let’s talk about practice.

In this episode we yarn with two development practitioners – Jenna Hawes – a proud Wiradjuri woman, and Alice Tamang – a proud Dharug woman. Jenna and Alice explain how their experiences and knowledge as First Nations women strengthen their work in international development.

Plus, they explore how a First Nations approach can support others in  decolonising their development practice.

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Episode 5

June Oscar AO joins F! It! to discuss her legacy as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, and the incredible Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project and Change Agenda.

Plus, June and Julie discuss how this “blakprint” for change could shape international engagement to centre First Nations Gender Justice.

This is the final episode in the F! It! mini-series – subscribe or follow to hear about future bonus episodes!

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Further reading:

Learn about Wiyi Yani U Thangani

Read about Wiyi Yani U Thangani Change Agenda

Audre Lorde, The Masters Tools will never dismantle the Master’s House 

Learn about the history and politics of the “blak” in “blakprint”

About the host

Julie Ballangarry is a proud Gumbaynggirr/Dunghutti woman, and co-author of AFFPC paper: Indigenous Foreign Policy: A new way forward?

Julie is a PhD candidate at the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, exploring why Indigenous education policies are continually failing by investigating the current approaches to policy-making in this arena, and has authored a variety of publications on First Nations and Feminist Foreign Policy.


Guests (Episode 1): ⁠James Blackwell⁠ and ⁠Alice Ridge⁠

Guest (Episode 2): Dr Sheryl Lightfoot

Guest (Episode 3): Ambassador Justin Mohamed, Australia’s Ambassador for First Nations people

Executive Producer and Editor: ⁠Pariya Taherzadeh⁠

Co-producers: Julie Ballangary, Alice Ridge, Carla Kweifio-Okai and Annelise Lecordier

Special thanks to Joanna Pradela

Created by the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) and the Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition.