January 26th is a day of mourning for many First Nations people.
First Nations children, families and communities lived on these lands for millennia.
Sovereignty was never ceded. Today, others enjoy these lands while First Nations people struggle for rights and justice.
How can you give back?
We have compiled a list of initiatives to support, films to watch and academic readings to further your knowledge and stand in solidarity with First Nations people.
Four important Aboriginal initiatives to support as we approach January 26th
Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. Follow their work. Aboriginal communities are disproportionately impacted by climate change. It is already 2 degrees hotter on average in the NT than in anywhere else in Australia. Currently over 85% of the NT is covered in oil and gas exploration licenses. Sign SEEDMOB’s petition asking for a complete ban on fracked shale gas in the Northern Territory. Sign the petitionread more
Currently, children as young as ten are being forcibly removed from their families and incarcerated across Australia, another issue which disproportionately impacts Aboriginal families. In 2019 almost 600 children aged 10 to 13 were in detention in Australia. 65% of these children were Indigenous, despite Indigenous people comprising just 3% of Australia's total population across all age groups.read more
5 films to watch before January 26th
Set against the raising natural beauty of the Northern Territory’s 1930s Arnhem Land, High Ground chronicles young Aboriginal man Gutjuk, who in a bid to save the last of his family teams up with ex-soldier Travis to track down Baywara —the most dangerous warrior in the Territory, who is also his uncle.read more
Homeland Story is a feature documentary about Donydji, (pronounced doy-n-ji), a small remote Indigenous community in North East Arnhem Land in the far north of Australia. Homelands are situated on the traditional land of the people who live there. They are of central importance to their identity and culture.read more
Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the policeread more