How to Get Involved With the Indigenous Community in Your Local Area

Black Lives Matter

We’re all on a mission to become more educated in anti-racism and what it means to be an ally for BIPOC — through listening, learning, reading, watching films, consuming podcasts, attending protests and donating to organisations that support Indigenous peoples.

Another way to do this is by learning more about the Indigenous community in your local area and to get involved with Indigenous-led events. While this will vary depending on where you live, below, we have listed a few ways you can keep learning and doing more.

— Research who are the traditional custodians where you live

Starting off, you can use the AIATSIS map to find out the language, tribal or nation group that is located where you live. For example, Sydneysiders are residing in the Eora Nation, which is made up of about 29 clan groups including the Gadigal people.

From here, you can start to research more about the traditional custodians of your local area, their language and traditions. Learning more about the First Nations people is integral to becoming an informed and educated ally.

— Attend Indigenous-led events

Australians Together, a not-for-profit organisation that highlights Indigenous voices and helps non-Indigenous people learn more about our shared history, has pointed out that “there’s a lot of pressure on Indigenous people to engage with non-Indigenous communities on their terms.”

For example, Indigenous people are often asked to conduct ‘Welcome to Country’ addresses at non-Indigenous events, making it an extremely one-sided relationship.

As a non-Indigenous person, attending an Indigenous-led event will make the relationship a more mutual one and provides an opportunity “to meet local people and learn about local culture and history on Indigenous people’s terms. Supporting and attending these events shows that you’re invested in what’s important to Indigenous people.”

To find Indigenous-led events happening in your local area, check your local council’s website or even the local paper.

Consider also attending one of the Black Lives Matter protests happening around Australia on Saturday, June 6 to show your support for the BIPOC in your community and country.

— Get in touch with your local Aboriginal Land Council

You can also call or email your local Aboriginal Land Council to find out more information about the local Indigenous community in your area. Enquire about any local events that might be planned or ask about ways you can volunteer.

Otherwise, your local council should be able to point you in the direction of community organisations you can also get involved with and donate your time to.

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