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8 Must-Listen Podcasts by First Nations Creators

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NAIDOC Week celebrates and recognised the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It’s an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories. The Latch team is sharing stories to help educate, honour and guide in our continued to push for change, so be sure to find all our pieces here. Val Morgan Digital acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022, we’ve pulled together a list of eight great podcasts from Indigenous creators that can help us to learn about everything from Aboriginal arts and culture, to the diversity amongst First Nations peoples, to the very real issues that First Nations people in Australia continue to face.

This year, NAIDOC Week runs from Sunday, July 3 and ends on Sunday, July 10. The 2022 theme is “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!”

The theme is all about encouraging people “to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations”.

The more we listen and learn, the better informed we’ll be to get up, stand up, and show up for the people whose land we live on. Read on for a list of great, informative podcasts you can add to your routine.

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AWAYE!

AWAYE! gives listeners a diverse and vibrant look Aboriginal arts and culture from across Australia, and 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.

Coming Out, Blak

Representation matters, and that’s what makes Coming Out, Blak so important. A podcast dedicated to supporting and celebrating First Nations people who identify as LGBTQIA+, this podcast is all about sharing stories and highlighting the lives of queer First Nations peoples.

Listen to Coming Out, Blak on Apple Podcasts and 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, and explores cases where racial bias and injustice for First Nations peoples has occurred. A powerful must-listen.

Listen to Curtain The Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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SBS NITV Radio

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.

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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TalkBlack

Hosted by GetUp’s First Nations Justice Campaign Director, Larissa Baldwin, TalkBlock is all about truth-telling, politics, current affairs, and protest.

TalkBlack is all about facing the issues that are driving inequality in Australia, calling on people to take action, and giving you ways to do so.

Listen to TalkBlack on Spotify.

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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