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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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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Trek to Tackle Poverty – Larapinta Trail

Join us from 13-21 June 2021 as we trek through Australia’s breathtaking landscape, whilst raising vital funds for Oxfam’s work. Learn more about the impact your support can and does make in the lives and communities of the inspiring First Nations women who have undertaken Oxfam’s Straight Talk Program.

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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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brooke odonnell kalamunda reconciliation plan straight talk

A career high at the summit​

Finding herself in need of inspiration and direction, proud Palyku woman, Brook O’Donnell signed up for Oxfam’s Straight Talk Summit. She returned with that, and so much more.

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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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Tackling poverty by changing minds, systems and lives

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How you are joining forces with people who share the belief that no-one should live in poverty, to empower communities to build better lives for themselves.

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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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Trekking Larapinta to Close the Gap

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For Geoffrey Leeson, his 120km treck along the Larapinta Trail was about much more than the physical challenge and taking in the beautiful scenery. It was for a cause very close to his heart.

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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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Where have we arrived after 25 years, more than 400 recommendations, and an eight-week election campaign?

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Over recent years there have been some positive developments on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and justice within Australia.

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Four key lessons from election 2016, and how we move forward

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What does our recent federal election mean for ending poverty around the world? With caveats of course, we’re pretty optimistic it shows we’re turning a corner.

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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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Inequality between the rich and the poor is showcased in this photograph of Tondo slum set against the cityscape of Manila, Philippines, 2014

Budget 2016: Do you know what’s missing?

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Budget 2016, it had it all: “the economy”, bracket creep, innovation, nimbleness, agility, debt and deficit. Surely that’s everything, right? Well, not quite.

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10 years of Close the Gap, 10 amazing milestones

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The Close the Gap campaign aims to end the appalling life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030. Together, we’ve started to Close the Gap. Here are 10 of our favourite milestones over the last 10 years:

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