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First Nations people hold unique knowledge and rights inherited from their ancestors and have cared for Australia for at least 60,000 years. Let’s celebrate their self-determination to provide leadership for our country and support their rights to continue to do so. Recognising that rightful recognition of and reconciliation with First Nations people is fundamental to Australia’s nationhood.

Sovereignty was never ceded and colonisation continues to harm First Nations people today. In order to support take some time to learn about a few of the organisations around Australia led by First Nations.

This is a list of resources for taking action in solidarity and learning more about the resistance of First Nations communities. 

Educate yourself about their work, support their campaigns, share their content and if you can donate.

First Nations Organisation.

AIME is an educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to make this happen. By matching Indigenous high school students with university student mentors, AIME successfully supports the students to finish high school.

ANTaR is an independent, national network of organisations and individuals working in support of Justice, Rights and Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

Black Rainbow is a national advocacy platform and touchpoint for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBQTI) peoples.

Blackfulla Bookclub is a platform that remembers Indigenous ancestors are the original storytellers and promotes First Nations languages by promoting Indigenous authors.

Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation (BMNAC) is a not-for-profit community organisation working to ensure that local Aboriginal culture of the Gumbaynggirr people continues to thrive for future generations.

Change the Record is Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. They work to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Country Needs People is a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians calling for the growth and security of Indigenous ranger jobs and Indigenous Protected Areas. 

Deadly Connections is an Aboriginal Community-Led, Not For Profit Organisation that breaks the cycles of disadvantage and trauma to directly address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the child protection and justice systems.

Deadly Science aims to provide science books and early reading material to remote schools around Australia. 

Desart is the non-profit industry body for over forty Central Australian Aboriginal art centres.

Djirra provides culturally safe and holistic support. With specialist family violence legal assistance and representation.

Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation is an Indigenous-led network and aims to re-invigorate the use of cultural burning by facilitating cultural learning pathways to fire and land management.

First Nations Fashion + Design a progressive platform created to nurture and support Indigenous creatives in the realms of fashion and design.

Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) is a grassroots group led by Aboriginal grandmothers. GMAR has been fighting the ongoing Stolen Generations all around Australia since 2014.

Gunawirra design offers unique programs to empower young Aboriginal parents with children aged 0-5 years. 

ILBIJERRI is one of Australia’s leading theatre companies creating innovative works by First Nations artists.

Iwantja Arts, an Aboriginal Art Centre supporting Anangu artists in contemporary painting and printmaking.

Kalan Enterprises is an Indigenous Corporation specializing in land management services, cultural heritage and community development projects.

Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) is a not-for-profit Aboriginal community-controlled organisation established to help restore and reconstruct the identity, dignity and integrity of Aboriginal men who were forcibly removed from their families.

Kurildhagun run by the State Library of Queensland is creating community connection, advocacy and participation to create, share and preserve Indigenous knowledge, ideas and experiences.

Malabar Midwifery Link Service work with Aboriginal communities, in an effort to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes for Aboriginal families at The Royal.

Mimili Maku Arts is a vibrant contemporary art studio owned and governed by a strong board of Anangu directors to create platforms for Anangu voices to be heard all across Australia. 

Mirarr formed the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation in 1995 to represent their rights and interests. They are powerful advocates against uranium mining, speaking out in the famous Jabiluka campaign, and for Kakadu.

Nagula Jarndu is a not for profit Aboriginal women’s art centre in Broome, Australia with a focus on producing contemporary and unique textile lengths and products.

National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition (NIYEC) is committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People access our right to live strong, healthy and thriving lives through access to culturally safe and responsive education opportunities across their life.

Nelly’s Healing Centre is an innovation in care, rebuilding the lives of Indigenous women who have lost their children due to removal. 

NPY Women’s Council is led by women’s law, authority and culture to deliver health, social and cultural services for all Anangu.

Olkola Aboriginal Corporation after years of advocating and negotiating with the government now holds and manages 869,822 hectares of its Traditional Lands, making it one of the largest landholders in the Cape York Peninsula.

Our Country Our Choice is a community-driven media by Aboriginal people and out to the world. 

Pay the rent Glassroots Collective is a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together to provide financial justice to First Nations people.

Purple House is an indigenous community controlled health organisation providing support and on country dialysis for people from remote communities.

Reconciliation Australia promotes and facilitates respect, trust and positive relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Seen Mob is Australia’s first Indigenous youth ­led climate network building a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for Climate Justice.

Sisters Inside is an independent community organisation based in Queensland, which advocates for the collective human rights of women and girls in prison, and their families, and provides services to address their individual needs.

The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre represents artists from nine Traditional Owner Groups, the Nywaigi, Gugu Badhun, Warrgamay, Warungnu, Bandjin, Girramay, Gulnay, Jirrbal and Djiru people. The Art Centre supports cultural and contemporary expression.

The Glen is proud to be a Central Coast-based service that provides Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation opportunities for men (Indigenous and non-Indigenous from all over NSW).

The Whole of Community Engagement Initiative is working with 6 remote Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory to find ways that strengthen pathways into higher education.

The Literacy For Life Foundation is an Aboriginal-led charity tackling low adult literacy in Australia’s Indigenous communities.

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, working with women in the remote Central and Western desert regions who earn an income from contemporary fibre art. 

Waltja is a community-based organisation that works with families from Central Desert indigenous communities to address major issues affecting their communities.

Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance is a collective of young Aboriginal people committed to the cause of decolonization and the philosophy of Aboriginal nationalism – resistance and revival.

Yirra Yaakin produces award-winning, world-class theatre, sharing Aboriginal stories through exciting, entertaining, educational and authentic new works.

Media outlets with more coverage.

National Indigenous Television (NITV) is a channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

ABC Indigenous is a portal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Guardian’s Indigenous Australian’s share the latest news and comment on Indigenous Australians.

Take care of yourself.

The content flooding our news, social media and other parts of our lives is distressing. We acknowledge that this can impact us all particularly our mental health and that for the First Nations people and people of colour in our community this time is particularly difficult.

If you or someone you know needs support, contact:

Lifeline – 13 11 14

Headspace – Youth Mental Health Service

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