8 Must-Listen Podcasts by First Nations Creators

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To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023, we’ve pulled together a list of eight great podcasts from First Nations creators. These podcasts can help us to learn about everything from Aboriginal arts and culture, to the diversity amongst Indigenous peoples, to the very real issues that First Nations people in Australia continue to face.

Podcasts are an incredible way to broaden your horizons while you go about your day. You can engage with whole new worlds as you commute to work, walk around the block, or tidy the house. It’s a great way to learn about First Nations issues, both past and present, and NAIDOC Week is a great time to try something new.

NAIDOC Week 2023: “For Our Elders”

This year, NAIDOC Week runs from Sunday, July 2 and ends on Sunday, July 9. The 2023 theme is “For Our Elders”.

The theme is about acknowledging and paying tribute to the important role that Elders have played in First Nations communities and families, across every generation.

“They are cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, hard workers and our loved ones,” states the official website. “We pay our respects to the Elders we’ve lost and to those who continue fighting for us across all our Nations and we pay homage to them.”

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023, we’ve pulled together a list of 10 incredible Australian films from First Nations directors.

The more we listen and learn, the better informed we’ll be. Read on for a list of great, informative podcasts you can add to your routine.

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AWAYE! gives listeners a diverse and vibrant look Aboriginal arts and culture from across Australia. It showcases the best from Indigenous radio broadcasters around the world.

Presented by Rudi Bremer, a Kamilaroi woman, AWAYE! is a smart, fascinating and thought-provoking listen.

Listen to AWAYE! on Apple Podcasts.

Black Magic Woman With Mundanara Bayles

The Black Magic Woman With Mundanara Bayles is all about highlighting the diversity among First Nations people. Presented by Mundanara Bayles, The Black Magic Woman is a chatty, conversational-style podcast that features First Nations peoples sharing their stories. It will give listeners a better understanding of First Nations Peoples’ culture and history.

Listen to Black Magic Woman on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Curtain The Podcast

Presented by Amy McQuire — a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman — and Senior Advocate for Foreign Prisoner Support Service Martin Hodgson, Curtain The Podcast takes a long, hard look at our justice system. A powerful must-listen, it explores cases where racial bias and injustice for First Nations peoples has occurred.

Listen to Curtain The Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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Frontier War Stories

An important history podcast, Frontier War Stories is dedicated to truth-telling. It shines a light on the side of Australia that has been left out of the history books for decades.

Frontier War Stories is the project of Gamilaraay and Kooma radio host, Boe Spearim. Spearim seeks out experts, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to discuss the “first 140 years of conflict and resistance” following the British invasion.


SBS NITV Radio is a podcast that provides a national focus on news, events and issues that affect First Nations communities. It features interviews, features and community stories from the SBS NITV Radio program, and is a good way to keep up-to-date on issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Australia.

Listen to SBS NITV Radio on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Speaking Out

Speaking Out is an ABC Radio National show hosted by Gamilaroi and Eualeyai woman, Professor Larissa Behrendt.

The show covers up-to-date stories in politics, art, and culture through Indigenous perspectives, and often features distinguished Indigenous academics, critics, and creatives. Speaking Out airs weekly on ABC Radio National at 12pm on Friday, but you can also download it to listen to at your own pleasure.

Listen to Speaking Out on Apple Podcasts.

Yarning Up With Caroline Kell

Hosted by proud Mbarbrum women Caroline Kell, Yarning Up is a showcase of rich and raw conversations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, thinkers, creators, business owners, activists and more.

Listen to Yarning Up With Caroline Kell on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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Word Up

This one is for all the wordies and linguists out there. Word Up puts the spotlight on the many First Nations languages of Australia. From Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta, Word Up will inform and educate you, one word at a time.

Listen to Word Up on Apple Podcasts.

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