The Fullaship program has been the highlight of 2023 for me. It is not often that young mob are given the opportunity to come together and just be, and whilst this is a leadership program it has turned into something much greater. I have done a few leadership programs in my time and the Fullaship program has exceeded all my expectations, from the opportunities available to us, to the staff providing wrap around support. I have loved every minute of this program and am so honoured to be a part of Culture is Life and the other Fulla’s journeys.

The program has allowed us to be vulnerable and share lived experience, build connections and networks, and experience things as a collective that have inspired me to go further on my own journey of leadership and advocacy. The program has provided us with many opportunities to build upon our already existing skills and allowed us to focus on building self-determination, wellbeing, community and cultural support and connections.

So far, I have enjoyed everything about the Fullaship program. If I had to narrow it down though, it would be the two in-person intensives. These are important to me as it was during these times that we all got to know one another, we formed genuine friendships and shared so many laughs. This quality time together with the other Fulla’s and Culture is Life staff filled my cup, I left both intensives inspired and hopeful for our futures. I’m amazed at how well the group gets on, given we were all strangers to one another at the start of 2023. Everyone respects one another and we all have an understanding of each other’s personalities and qualities, some were jokesters the first time we met and others (like myself) took a while to come out of their shell. There is a deep respect amongst us and no matter the personality type, everyone has a place and I have felt like I truly belong.

During the program, I have greatly appreciated learning from Elders and community leaders. It was a highlight to be able to go out onto Country in Ku-ring-gai National Park in NSW and Lake Clifton in WA, being able to physically connect with Country and hear stories from Traditional Owners is unmatched. I’m honoured that cultural knowledge and thousands of years of history and wisdom was shared with us and that we can take that knowledge back home with us.

I have enjoyed hearing about what other young mob are passionate about and how they want to lead change within their communities. It’s served as reminder on how resilient we are as a people, to still spark joy within others and to share and listen deeply despite the challenges we all face as young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Written by Shaylem Wilson | She/Her | Ngarrindjeri


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"Racism, you're not born with it. You've been told it..." - Uncle Leigh Ridgeway (Worimi)

Leigh reflects on Part 1 of #HealOurHistory where Leyla shared her lived experience of Racism in school.👩‍🎓

Racism is learned, but so is empathy. It starts with education, dialogue, and compassion. ❤️

Find out more ☝🏽 #Linkinbio

#TheAustralianWars #HealOurHistory #Education 

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⚠️ CW: Discussions of suicide. ⚠️

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), a day to bring attention to the discrimination faced by LGBTQIA+ folk. ✊🏽

The suicide rates in young LGBTQIA+ identifying mob are dire. Nearly one in two young Indigenous LGBTIQA+ Australians have attempted suicide at some point in their life. 💔

Today and every day, we are committed to creating a safe, loving and inclusive environments for all young mob to thrive. ✨

#IDAHOBIT #LGBTQIA #Discrimination

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"The Frontier Wars is a term often used to describe the more than 100 years of violent conflicts between colonial settlers and the Indigenous peoples that occurred during the British settlement of Australia. Even though Australia honours its involvement in wars fought overseas, it is yet to acknowledge the struggle that made it the country it is today."

Rachel Perkins explains the reasoning behind the title of 'The Australian Wars' series and the tactics used by the British to avoid officially declaring war in the colonisation of Australia.

🎬 Series by @blackfellafilms 
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#TheAustralianWars #FrontierWars #Australia
"There is no force equal to the power of the First Nations Matriarchy." - Teela Reid (Wiradjuri and Wailwan), Co-Founder of @blackfulla_bookclub 📚

This Mother's Day we recognise the Matriarchs, who lead us by example, showing us how to take each step with purpose. 👣 

#MothersDay #Aboriginal #Matriarch

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📸 Bobbi Lockyer
We've had a deadly few days in Gimuy (Cairns) for the Common Threads Summit. Connecting with mob from all over and yarning Treaty, protecting Country, justice, culture, advocacy and so much more. ✊🏽

Creating pathways into spaces like this for young mob is critical, for their own leadership and development, but also to have their voices heard in these important conversations happening in our communities. 💬

Thank you to Common Threads for having us, including their steering committee Dr Jackie Huggins AM, Larissa Baldwin-Roberts and Millie Telford, along with their partners @getup_australia and @ausprogress. 💛

📸 Donny Imberlong (2022 Fellow), Belinda Duarte (CEO), Leyla Quartermaine (2022 Fellow), Thara Brown (General Manager - Programs), Anna-Rita Fauid (2023 Fellow) and Madeline Wells (Program Officer).

#CommonThreads24
Books have a profound impact in shaping young minds and fostering inclusive, safe spaces where everyone's voice is heard and valued. 📖

“I am reminded of the Native American saying 'When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realise that we cannot eat money.' It's from the elders that you get wisdom. But it all feels different to me now - there is a dislocation of spirit, a disconnect from the old story. Not just for blackfellas, but all of us.” - Uncle Archie Roach (Gunditjmara and Bundjalung)

Source: 'Tell Me Why' by Archie Roach
We love seeing young mob thrive! ✨ The Singing Our Futures program was established by the Archie Roach Foundation in collaboration with Culture is Life. 🫶🏾

It has evolved from the rich legacy left behind by Uncle Archie Roach, one of storytelling, truth-telling and healing through music, as well as his passion for nurturing and creating pathways for emerging First Nations artists. ❤️‍🩹

It was a deadly full circle moment to have one of the 2023 Singing Our Futures artists, Canisha, perform at our Fullaship Program Graduation 2023. Such a beautiful set and we can't wait to see where her journey leads. 👣

#Fullaship #ArchieRoach #SingingOurFutures
"It's really important for teachers to be actively anti-racist." - Adam Brodie-McKenzie, Humanities Teacher and University Lecturer.

It’s important for teachers to be creating change in their schools, making it safer for all Australian students. How do you teach anti-racism in your school?

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#TheAustralianWars #HealOurHistory #Education 

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📸  Photo by Sulaiman Enayatzada aka @lazyfairr
Today, we stand in solidarity, remembering the courage and sacrifice of our Ancestors and all who have served. On Anzac Day, we honor their resilience and commitment to protecting our lands. Lest we forget. 🌺
 
#Australia #AnzacDay #LestWeForget