The First Nations Organisations We’re Following And Learning From This NAIDOC Week (And Always)

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 2 months ago | News

Image: 2021 National NAIDOC logo. Image source.

NAIDOC Week acknowledges and celebrates the culture, history and significant achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week, running July 4 to 11, is ‘Heal Country!’, and ‘calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction’.

Here we’ve collected a few of the First Nations organisations operating in the environmental preservation and ethical fashion space that we’re following this NAIDOC Week – and always.

Seed

Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth­led climate network. We are building a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for climate justice with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Our vision is for a just and sustainable future with strong cultures and communities, powered by renewable energy.

Follow Seed on Instagram here.

Clothing The Gaps

Clothing The Gaps is a Victorian Aboriginal led and majority owned, social enterprise, co-founded by Laura Thompson (Gunditjmara) and Sarah Sheridan (Non-Indigenous).

‘We are a fresh and dynamic fashion label managed by health professionals that celebrates Aboriginal people and culture.

‘We produce merch with a meaning and encourage people to wear their values on their tee.

‘Clothing The Gaps is a play on the words "Closing the Gap", which is an Australian Government health initiative to help close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal people and non-Indigenous Australians. Clothing The Gaps unites non-Indigenous and Aboriginal people through fashion and causes, one of which is to help Close the Gap.


Follow Clothing The Gaps on Instagram here.

Yerrabingin

Yerrabingin was co-founded by Christian Hampson in 2018. Yerrabingin is a visionary start-up that seeks to disrupt conventional approaches to ending Indigenous disadvantage, and create intercultural opportunities for future generations to thrive.

‘With over 20 years of experience working in Indigenous Cultural Heritage, Christian sought to walk a new path by interweaving collaborative design thinking and Indigenous knowledge. Yerrabingin have become a leading force in the commercial design industry by delivering environmentally conscious native landscapes and place making designs enriched with Indigenous narratives.


Yerrabingin delivered Australia’s first native rooftop farm, the South Eveleigh Native Rooftop Farm.

Follow Yerrabingin on Instagram.

Common Ground

'Common Ground is a First Nations-led not-for-profit. We’re working to shape a society that centres First Nations people by amplifying knowledge, cultures and stories.

'AMPLIFY AND BACK FIRST NATIONS VOICES: We bring together knowledge, cultures and stories to create content and experiences that inform and advocate.

'EMBED FIRST NATIONS KNOWLEDGE: Right now we're focused on creating change in the education system and the justice system. We make resources for schools, run campaigns and support advocacy work.

'CULTURAL STORYTELLING PROJECTS: We work with a range of partners, collaborators and First Nations communities to develop new ways of celebrating and strengthening culture so it can be shared with future generations.'

Follow Common Ground on Instagram here.

We’re also checking out these NAIDOC Week webinars, hosted by Groundswell Giving's May 21 grand winners, the Indigenous People’s Organisation Australia, and Better Futures Australia, which will ‘engage in critical dialogue with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to explore climate change impacts and solutions'

The official NAIDOC Week website.

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