An immense wealth of knowledge, lived experience, creativity, empowerment, love and respect was shared. We paid respect and honoured our ancestors and the warriors who have fought for the equity and justice of our people for decades; those who have paved the way for the incredible opportunities we have been gifted through their determination and perseverance. We came together to be reminded that we, the new and emerging First Nations leaders, have power to affect change, to raise awareness and ultimately create a better future for our people.

 

A constitutionally enshrined Voice to parliament has the ability to provide a true and genuine representation of First Nations issues where it matters most, at the highest level of decision making that directly affects our lives, our communities and our future. The road to self determination has been long and we have grown weary. There will be many more times when we are disheartened and our spirits will be sore, but our people are resilient above all else and we will continue.

To say that this summit stoked the fire that burns in my soul is an understatement; this summit reignited the optimism that I had begun to lose, it restored hope in my heart that one day my children, my grandchildren and the descendants that follow will soak in our collective success and stand tall as proud black warriors thriving amongst our strong communities. I am privileged to have been a part of this summit, to represent my family and to have gained a new circle of inspirational brothers and sisters.

Love you mob – hit me up if you ever come Darwin way! Thank you to tiddas Bridget and Allira for their hard work in bringing us all together.

Support the Uluru Statement from the Heart

🖤💛♥️👣 #UluruStatement #VoiceTreatyTruth #BlackExcellence

 

 

 


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Garambi Baanj (Laughing Waters) on Wurundjeri Country for the first intensive of the 2024 #FullashipProgram. 💛
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We believe in the importance of teaching Australian First Nations knowledges and perspectives on connecting to and caring for Country. 👣

If you're a teacher interested in doing this in your classroom check out our 'Teaching First Nations Knowledges & Perspectives' Guide and the Back to Nature education resources. 🧑🏽‍🏫 #LinkInBio

#EnvironmentDay #Education #Sustainability
Today is National Sorry Day, a day to remember and reflect on the painful history of forced child removal and the Stolen Generations.

We acknowledge and honour the resilience of our Elders, families and communities, and recognise the importance of truth-telling for healing and reconciliation.

“Today we pause to pay our respects to those who have gone before us. Our mothers. Our fathers. Our uncles, aunts, our grandparents. Our old people, our Ancestors, who we are of...” - Belinda Duarte (Wotjobaluk and Dja Dja Wurrung) CEO of Culture is Life.

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

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Find out more ☝🏽 #Linkinbio

#TheAustralianWars #HealOurHistory #Education 

🎬 Series by @blackfellafilms 
📺 Watch #TheAustralianWars on @sbs_australia 
❤️ In partnership with @blackfellafilms and @sharkislandinstitute
⚠️ 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. ✊🏽

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

#IDAHOBIT #LGBTQIA #Discrimination

Source: https://ow.ly/eh2j50RJlzJ
"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."

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🎬 Series by @blackfellafilms 
📺 Watch #TheAustralianWars on SBS Australia
❤️ In partnership with @blackfellafilms and @sharkislandinstitute 

#TheAustralianWars #FrontierWars #Australia
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#MothersDay #Aboriginal #Matriarch

Source: Griffith Review (https://ow.ly/N9C350RCuXW.)
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#CommonThreads24
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