NAIDOC Week: Links and Resources for Community Foundations
NAIDOC Week begins on the first Sunday in July and is a seven-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country. Many Community Foundations recognise, support and and collaborate with Australia’s First Nations in their work and encourage the growth of indigenous-led organisations. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is especially appropriate for many of our members: Heal Country.
We have compiled some handy links and resources to help our members approach this issue in a meaningful and respectful way.
Indigenous-led Foundations in Australia
Victoria’s first indigenous-led foundation, KWT Fund is a subfund of Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) and a “new platform for investing in First Nations people and organisations in Victoria.” It has been established to support change and innovation with a focus on self-determination.
Another ACF subfund, Dhadjowa Foundation was established earlier in 2021 by Apryl Day, daughter of Tanya Day, as a national grassroots organisation to provide strategic, coordinated and culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families whose loved ones have died in custody.
Organisations in Canada and New Zealand have often led the way in centring First Nations voices in community philanthropy. These models are an invitation for us to reflect on how we can be more deliberate about partnering with indigenous fellow Australians in our community philanthropy practice.
Governed by an Indigenous Advisory Council, the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund allows any Indigenous-led organisation working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada to apply for resiliency support ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. Community Foundations of Canada support the Fund as a host partner.
The IFIP website is a treasure trove of resources, papers and cases studies on philanthropic funding for indigenous peoples across the world.
Edgar Villanueva, Senior Vice President, Programs & Advocacy, at the Schott Foundation, who is also Chair of Native Americans in Philanthropy, Founder and Chief Strategist of the Decolonizing Wealth Project (US) and author of Decolonizing Wealth, talks about philanthropy’s role in systems change and how philanthropic inequity can undermine democracy.
Official NAIDOC Week Resources
A simple way of getting involved in NAIDOC Week is to use the resources made available online across your Foundation’s social media channels and websites.
The NAIDOC Week website contains a calendar of events – search for something local to attend, or promote across your social media channels.