Indigenous Businesses to support
Indigenous Businesses to support
Written by Elle Roberts
The team at Rare Seed Agency wish to acknowledge the Wulgurukaba and the Bindal people as the Traditional and ongoing Custodians of the lands across the Townsville region, where our main office is based.
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations right across Australia and the Torres Strait. Our team and clients live upon several of their lands.
We also acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and we believe our community is stronger and wiser when we acknowledge and appreciate the wisdom, presence, and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Here are some amazing Indeginous Businesses you can support by spending money with!
Natalie Jade – Aboriginal Artist
Natalie Jade is a Contemporary Indigenous Artist and an energy healer who paints artworks that people often describe as healing. She paints artworks that depict what is closest to her soul, such as the stars, the sun and rainbows together – all of which have a a deep spiritual meaning to her.
I own one of the limited edition prints of her work Rainbow Sun and I can certainly attest to it creating a calm and healing vibe in my office.
Louise is a wonderful educator. She provides coaching, courses and community spaces for entrepreneurs who want to positively impact the world. She is a Diversity and Inclusion expert who offers. a powerful perspective on Cultural Inclusion and Anti-Racisim work but also speaks to inclusion with regards to gender, sexuality, disability and many other important areas.
I have done her free program Creating Inclusion in Business as well as her 4-week group coaching program on. the same topic and I highly recommend both.
Louise is currently pre-selling a Content Planner for Allies of Aboriginal People.
Clothing The Gaps
A fashion label managed by health professionals that celebrates Aboriginal people and culture Clothing the Gaps is an Aboriginal social enterprise uniting people thru fashion & cause. They are empowering people across cultures to wear your values on your tee ✊🏾
They label their clothes Ally Friendly and Mob Only so you can be confident that your support is culturally appropriate.
Aside from investing heavily into their Clothing the Gaps Foundation, a not for profit organisation to close life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia, they have also worked front and centre in the campaign to Free The Flag – which this week was successful in petitioning the Australian Government to secure the copyrights to the Aboriginal Flag.
Know Your Country
This campaign is all about seeing that all Australia’s children are provided a better education about First Nations people and cultures.
The resources on their website challenges you to consider: What Country are you on? and; How well do you understand it?
“More than 250 Countries make up this island continent. People have lived here and cared for this Country for millennia before the first European settlers arrived. We want non-Indigenous people engaging with the campaign to realise that while this land might be their home, nobody owns the land. We all need to learn how to be good custodians of the lands and waters we love by truly connecting to and respecting Country. The best way to start doing this is in school through traditional custodians from an early age by employing a local First Nations Cultural Educator in every primary school across this land.”
They have great downloadable prompts, frames you can add to your social media, images you can include in your email signature as well as petitions you can sign to add weight to the conversations around getting our school children a real and well rounded education about First Nations People, and have that education come directly from First Nations Community.
Map of Indigenous Australia
Australia’s First Peoples have been living on the Australian continent for millennia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia is made up of many different and distinct groups, each with their own culture, customs, language and laws. They are the world’s oldest surviving culture; cultures that continue to be expressed in dynamic and contemporary ways.
Yet, thanks to the lack of education in Australia about this incredible and diverse culture, I was a young adult before I really understood what this meant and how important the different languages, customs and traditions of these nations of people are, not just for Indigenous Communities to reconnect with, but for all Australian’s to acknowledge, appreciate and learn from.
Last year I purchased a map from AIATSIS – The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies which attempts to represent the language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australia. It is a visual reminder of just how many cultures are intertwined into the group of people we now refer to as Aboriginal Australian’s. It’s also a great visual tool to start conversations at home with your kids and reminds me to be respectful and grateful for the lands I live on.
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