Naidoc Week 2022 Oxfam's History Working with First Peoples

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with Us

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The first week of July marks the start of NAIDOC Week, where we celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week isn’t just for Indigenous communities, it’s also an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate one of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. After […]

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Oxfam CE Lyn Morgain and David Jago - grandson of Aboriginal political activist and community leader William Cooper

Welcome to Ngapa!

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Oxfam Australia is privileged to name our new head office “Ngapa” in honour of William Cooper.

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The Ripple Effect

From little things big things grow

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We’re thrilled to learn that the film The Ripple Effect has picked up a major award at the Sport Australia Media Awards.

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The traditional connection to land and waters is inextricably linked to the identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Time to respect First Peoples’ traditional fishing rights

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Aboriginal communities along the South Coast of NSW face constant surveillance, harassment and prosecution for carrying out their ancient fishing traditions.

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National Reconciliation Week – a time for truth-telling

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The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria — established in an historic first in 2019 as the elected voice for Aboriginal people and communities in future Treaty discussions — has supported the Victorian Government to launch a truth and justice commission.

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Beating COVID: how Aboriginal communities mobilised to fight the pandemic

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When the threat of COVID-19 became fully apparent last year, First Peoples health organisations across Australia swung quickly into action to prevent devastating effects in their communities.

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Kangaroo hopping away from bushfires

Australia is learning firsthand what our neighbours have suffered for years

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The bushfires have shown us what climate change looks like. A reality millions are facing today all over the world. We reflect on the crisis and what we can do today.

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Oxfam Australia Straight Talk

A proud, straight-talking woman

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For too long, the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have been unheard in Australia’s political landscape. But we’re working with partner organisation Aarnja to make sure that women like Bev Walley are heard, loud and clear.

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Working with our First Peoples – a history

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In this edited extract from the book Practical Visionaries, Susan Blackburn explains how Oxfam’s predecessor, Community Aid Abroad (CAA), began working with Aboriginal communities in Australia more than 40 years ago.

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Change the date

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As one of the most ethnically diverse nations in the world, Australia Day has become a way of celebrating everything that is great about living in our prosperous, safe and cohesive society. But the current choice of 26 January as Australia’s national day is deeply problematic for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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For Australia’s UN appointment to have credibility, we need lasting reconciliation with our First Peoples

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For Australia’s appointment to the United Nations Human Rights Council to have any credibility, the Government should address the significant issues confronting our First Peoples.

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Close to home: The climate crisis in the Torres Strait

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Torres Strait Islanders have contributed almost nothing to the causes of climate change, but are being hit first and hardest by its impacts. We visited the archipelago earlier this month to meet with communities and hear their experiences.

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6 quotes that show why Indigenous leaders should be in charge of Indigenous policy

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As notable Indigenous representatives met in Uluru last week they delivered a statement from the heart: “In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard.” And as these inspiring quotes by influential Indigenous leaders show, it’s time the government listened.

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“We need to have a say in what happens to our kids”

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Born and bred in Alice Springs, Donna began her leadership journey at the age of 17, motivated to address the needs of young people in curbing anti-social behaviour. She says Oxfam’s Straight Talk program has given her the tools to become an influencer in her community and stand up for the rights of Aboriginal people.

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Paddling for men’s Indigenous health

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After tackling his own mental health issues, Cormach Evans is now determined to improve the health and wellbeing of other Indigenous men in the Geelong community – through sport.

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National Close the Gap participants hold a banner in support of Indigenous health equality

10 shameful facts that will make you want to Close the Gap

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are faced with disproportionate rates of preventable disease, injury and mental health challenges. It’s unacceptable. It’s time to Close the Gap!

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Action starts with acknowledgement: Closing the Gap with Indigenous health education

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Kelly Langford, an Indigenous medical student, witnessed the heartbreaking burden of diabetes in her community and was inspired to take action.

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Sol’s second chance

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Sol Bellear, a Land Rights legend and a pioneer of Aboriginal media, sports legal and health services, says that nothing now matters as much to him as overcoming heart disease amongst Aboriginal men.

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Tully Close the Gap

Schools in Action: Tully State School Close the Gap on Indigenous Health Inequality

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Students at Tully State School in Northern Queensland were given ownership over their National Close the Gap Day event, and managed to grab the attention of their entire community.

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If you’re Indigenous, enter politics

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After participating in Straight Talk, Shelley Cable realised that as an Indigenous woman, she has the experience and ability to make change on a national scale.

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The fight for Aboriginal land rights continues

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Cissy grew up seeing her elders fighting for the rights of Aboriginal people – and she is now one of many leading this fight.

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Will this election bring change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?

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There have been significant cuts in the past two budgets affecting Indigenous health and legal aid services. Eddie Cubillo, 2015 National Indigenous Legal Professional of the year, hopes this election will bring justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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Oxfam staff members gather for National Close the Gap Day

After 228 years, we need some vision

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The current Federal Government promised a more proactive approach by placing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs within the Prime Minister’s Department and within Cabinet. But that bold start has now well and truly stalled.

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A group of Indigenous Australians cheering

Australian students shine a light on Indigenous health equality

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Oxfam’s Schools Program social media volunteer and guest blogger, Benjamin Clark, reveals the top entries from the 2016 Close the Gap Instagram challenge, all created by Australian students.

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