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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.

Culture

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

Blaklash Creative curates positive experiences that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. 

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre connects to place and honours indigenous culture both traditional and contemporary concepts.

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. 

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

Education

AIATSIS Australia’s only national institution focused exclusively on the diverse history, cultures and heritage of First Nation Australians.

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.

Australian Blak History Month for students & teachers seeks to promote, celebrate and remember the history of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. 

Batchelor Institute develops resources primarily for Indigenous Australian students living in remote communities, the majority of whom have English as a second or third language. The content of these resources has been developed by community elders, students and teaching staff.

Black Ink Press is an Indigenous community-based publishing house based in North Queensland, specialising in illustrated books for young readers.

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

Keeaira Press is a small publishing house with a primary interest in recording aspects of Aboriginal history and culture. Many of the publications have strong photographic content.

Magabala Books is Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher based in the remote Kimberley town of Broome, Western Australia.

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.

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

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.

Environment

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. 

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.

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

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

Olkola Aboriginal Corporation independently manages private Aboriginal Freehold land in the Cape York Peninsula. Operating land management activities such as tourism, cattle management, and carbon farming.

Health

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

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.

Gunawirra offers unique programs to empower young Aboriginal parents with children aged 0-5 years. Working together with communities to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island mothers and children.  

The Healing Foundation is a national organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families. Our work helps people create a different future.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia is a national, member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation. IAHA leads sector workforce development and support, to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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.

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

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is the national leadership body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia. The organisation provides advice and guidance to the Australian Government on policy and budget matters while advocating for community-developed health solutions that contribute to the quality of life and improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Nelly’s Healing Centre is a Sydney based service being developed to create change for Aboriginal people through healing. Rebuilding the lives of Indigenous women who have lost their children due to removal. 

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

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

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

Justice

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.

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.

The Coalition of Peaks is a representative body of around fifty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled peak organisations and members. The Coalition of Peaks came together on their own
as an act of self-determination to be formal partners with Australian governments on Closing the Gap.

Djirra provides culturally safe and holistic support. With specialist family violence legal assistance and representation. Djirra’s Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence (women and men).

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.

Mirarr formed the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation to represent their rights and interests. To help manage a balance between sustainable development, traditional practice and living culture on Mirarr land. 

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

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.

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.

Media outlets with more coverage.

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

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

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

The Guardian’s Indigenous Australian’s share the latest news and comments 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:

Beyond Blue

Headspace – Youth Mental Health Service

Lifeline – 13 11 14

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