We acknowledge that our National Office is on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe
Where the term Aboriginal or First Nations is used we are referring to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

First Nations People

ACTIONS FOR JUSTICE

First Nations People

ACTIONS FOR JUSTICE


Petition for Aboriginal Cultural Educators in every school

Together we can combat systemic racism. One way we can do this is to educate ourselves about First Nations people, their culture and histories on this land. We're calling on Education Ministers take urgent action for equality between First Nations and non-First Nations at schools by funding a local, Aboriginal Cultural Educator in every school. Learn more and use your voice. 


Teachers for First Nations Education

Teachers for First Nations Education

World Vision is here to support Educators on their journey to build cultural awareness and capability at their school. Join nearly 1,000 teachers who we're already providing with unique, online events and resources that are helping to put First Nations perspectives across every subject taught. If you are a teacher or educator join us now.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land

 

Who are the traditional custodians of the land you're on? Find out from the gallery or map below.

Artwork by Nungala Creative

World Vision Australia is on Wurundjeri Land

We acknowledge that our National Office is on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, who are the first owners of the lands here. We would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri who have lived here, worked here and contributed to the rich cultural heritage of this land.

We acknowledge the loss of lands, the cultures and the treasures, knowing the consequences for people, communities and nations. Importantly, we believe that we can walk together to make a better future.

Why we do an Acknowledgement of Country

"An Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity to acknowledge, and pay respect, to the Traditional Owners and ongoing custodians of the land - the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people." (Common Ground) In 2020 why not try to incorporate an Acknowledgement of Country where you work, live and play?

Not on this map?

That’s not surprising, as there are nearly 500 more nations than the nine we’ve identified above. You can find the Traditional Custodians of the land you're on by visiting the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) map.


Support the Uluru Statement from the Heart


To Australia's Political Leaders...

 

Walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to create the future they want for their children, families and communities.

I'm walking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in support of all three reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.  I urge you to make the following non-partisan reforms a top priority:

 

✔️  Make a constitutional change, rightfully enshrining a First Nations' Voice in the birth certificate of our nation.

✔️  Establish a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making with Australian governments.

✔️  Allow the Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of 'truth-telling', to allow the full extent of past injustices experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be uncovered and revealed.

 
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By signing this petition in support of the #UluruStatement, I'm walking with First Nations people for justice. I want to be emailed with opportunities to raise my voice and take actions to challenge systematic causes of poverty and inequality here and around the globe with World Vision.


World Vision supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart


Uluru Statement from the Heart

Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet...Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them - Uluru Statement


Bigger voice for a brighter future

 

World Vision and the entire Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) came out strongly in support of the Uluru Statement on 1 November 2017 at the ACFID Annual General Meeting:

"ACFID Members recognise that Indigenous people the world over have the right to self-determination (Article 3, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples), and that truth-telling has a vital role in restorative justice and healing." 

World Vision Australia supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart because:

  1. we are devoted to the protection and development of children anywhere.
  2. empowering communities to understand and control their own development needs is the world-best-practice model we use in nearly 100 countries around the globe.
  3. we have been listening to the needs of First Nations people since we started working alongside them in 1974.

It's natural that World Vision stands alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples supporting their calls for change.

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Getting the best start possible

 

 

The first 1000 days of anyone's life is absolutely critical. Without access to locally-run playgroups and support for parents, First Nations children can fall behind in developmental milestones. We partner with remote Aboriginal communities and employ local women who facilitate playgroups to support children and parents, conducted in both traditional language and English to increase "both-ways" learning.

When we invest in a child’s early years, we invest in their future. Watch our early childhood work in Punmu.


First Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

There are twice as many Aboriginal children considered developmentally vulnerable compared to non-Aboriginal children.



Young Mob First Australians Indigenous Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander First Nations Youth

Janaya, proud young Bundjalung woman.

“Being Aboriginal is just the best thing ever...we are the oldest living culture on Earth and after what we’ve been through and what we’ve done it’s just amazing. When I come to Young Mob, that’s when I learn and understand more about my culture”. - Janaya, proud young Bundjalung woman.


Young Mob

Our Young Mob program supports young First Nations people from urban NSW and Victoria. It empowers them to be stronger within themselves and within their culture, strengthening their identity and self-esteem so they can take on all of life’s challenges with confidence.

 

Young Mob also offers educational trips to culturally significant places like Uluru so they can experience their culture first-hand and connect with other First Nation communities across Australia. These trips are delivered with our partner, First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation.

 

Watch these Young Mob videos: Changing Young Lives and Visiting Martu.







Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have grown up safe, well and cared for in their families, communities and cultural traditions for thousands of years. Yet currently, there is a national crisis that needs urgent attention, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children making up over 35 percent of all kids in the child protection system. - Natalie Lewis, Family Matters Co-Chair



World Vision is a member of SNAICC

SNAICC is the national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have the right to be immersed in their culture, and it is our shared responsibility to ensure that children grow up safe and connected to their kin, community, and cultural traditions.

Despite numerous legal and policy frameworks protecting the cultural rights of First Nations children, the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care is almost ten times that of other children and continues to grow.

That's why World Vision is a proud member of SNAICC's Family Matters Campaign to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.

Read more about the issue
Discover some of the solutions




Why is it so important for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to connect to their culture?


Find out more about how World Vision is working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to build a brighter future.


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