Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples – Overview
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples – The Case for Action
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples – Leading Practice
- Yes! Campaign Resource Hub
- Constitutional Recognition and the Uluru Statement from the Heart
- Navigating the Voice referendum
Take time to pause and reflect
DCA acknowledges the outcome of the Voice referendum with enormous disappointment. While the result is not what we had hoped for, this is a time to take a moment to hold space. Most importantly, we would like to express our ongoing solidarity with First Nations Australians. Please be mindful that First Nations Australians who campaigned for the Voice to Parliament have called for a week of silence across the country to grieve and reflect.
As we collectively navigate the outcome of this historic referendum, many organisations across Australia are looking at how to best support their teams throughout this time. DCA has collated helpful resources and tips to help ensure your teams and stakeholders are well-supported, informed, and mindful of the cultural load experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues, suppliers and networks.
A helpful place to start is our recent event First Nations Identity Strain and Cultural Load at Work, which covers what organisations can do to support their people. This has now been made publicly available for all to view.
Please see our tips for inclusivity during this time below.
Please note that DCA is not an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led organisation, and cannot provide specialist advisory services relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and knowledge. However, we can provide general advice and guidance to assist you in this area, as well as encourage you to speak with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and community groups who specialise and lead the way in this space.
Tips for inclusivity during this time
1. Offer support
- Offer time and space for people to talk about what they are experiencing, should they choose to, making sure this is optional
- Be mindful and sensitive to each individual’s needs: take the time to listen to and support your colleagues, but also respect their choices if they prefer not to discuss, or need space
- Ensure your workplace is culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees and take action to address workplace racism.
2. Recognise and minimise cultural load
- Recognise identity strain and educate non-First Nations staff about how to interact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues in ways that reduce this
- Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees to engage in self-care, including the freedom to ‘opt out’ of conversations, meetings, and processes
- Remember that cultural leave is an important way for organisations to respect and support the cultural needs and responsibilities of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members.
3. Provide access to resources
- Provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees with access to Elders, EAPs and counselling services who can create safe spaces
- See a comprehensive list of resources below, which you can draw on to inform your work
- These resources may also help support your external communication, in line with your commitment to diversity and inclusion.
DCA Resources to draw on in your work
Guides for inclusive workplaces
- DCA’s research report – Gari Yala: Speak the Truth. This research unveils the initiatives that have been proven to be successful within a workplace to create an inclusive environment. Gari Yala sets out a framework of ten truths to create workplace inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees
- DCA’s guide – Creating Inclusive Multifaith Workplaces (page 15) a guide to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spiritualities
- DCA’s research report – Racism at Work: How Organisations Can Stand Up to and End Workplace Racism
Using respectful language
- DCA’s guide #WordsAtWork – Building inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the power of language
Inclusion and flexibility
Past events to help inform your thinking
- Yes! Campaign Resource Hub – https://www.dca.org.au/topics/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-peoples/yes-campaign-resource-hub
- All DCA resources on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
- Black Dog Institute
- SBS: How to be a respectful ally
- NITV: How to be a good ally
- Evolve Communities – https://www.evolves.com.au/
- Inclusive and respectful language – Reconciliation Australia
- 13Yarn (13 92 76) 24/7 Crisis support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- Wellmob Social, emotional and cultural wellbeing resources
- Abstarr Consulting– provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander EAP service
- UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – UNDRIP
- AHRC – Understanding the referendum from a human rights perspective
- AEC disinformation register
- AEC information on the referendum
- Anti-Discrimination NSW – Referendum Resilience
- The BlackCard – https://www.theblackcard.com.au/
- Common Ground – https://www.commonground.org.au/
- Learn Our Truth Campaign – https://learnourtruth.com/
- Community Self Care Resources – https://healingfoundation.org.au/community-self-care-resources/
- Aboriginal calendar of significant events – https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/aboriginal-calendar