Our Work

Self-harm and suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people was almost non-existent 30 years ago, but our young people now experience one of the highest rates in the world.

By respecting the knowledge of our First Nations leaders and young people Culture is Life supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to thrive through:

  • Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, young people, communities and organisations around cultural activities
  • Collaborating with our partners to affirm and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
  • Connecting with Australia’s First Nations communities, not-for-profit and community organisations, government, corporate and philanthropy sectors to influence change
  • Campaigning to educate, inspire and mobilise support and action
  • Activating change through supporting the delivery of targeted programs and resources.

 

Read more about current collaboration, campaign and activation projects here:

 

Collaboration

Korin Gamadji Institute (VIC)

Culture is Life has partnered with Richmond Football Club’s Korin Gamadji Institute – a partnership that shares aspirations to bring to life greater awareness of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the identity of our nation.

This partnership recognises the need to support the implementation of cultural protective factors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and to reverse the disparities faced, through implementing Aboriginal-led and self-determined solutions that supports young people to thrive.

KGI brings together more than 300 young Victorians, with ancestral origins from across the nation, with the thousands of community members who engage with the Club each year.

Culture is Life will work with KGI to develop integrated programming, research and evaluation and to support the next generation of leaders through existing programs such as KGI’s Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership (REAL) Program centred around active participation, health and wellbeing, personal and career pathways, leadership and cultural pride and affirmation.

Through the new partnership, the two organisations are committed to nurturing the next generation of community leaders and bringing greater awareness of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to Australia’s national identity.

Hear from participants Nakia Cadd and Michael Naawi about what the KGI REAL Program means to them

Watch Videos:

Nakia Cadd

Michael Naawi

 

YUDU YUDU HEALING CAMP (NT)

Led by Yolngu Elder Gayili Marika and the Galupa Marngarr Suicide Prevention Group, with support from the local Yolngu and SE Arhem Land communities and the Datjala Work Camp (NT Correctional Services), this project delivers healing camps for Aboriginal men to learn from Elders through traditional lore and connection to Country, thereby reducing recidivism and assisting with their reintegration back into the community.

 

VICTORIAN  ABORIGINAL CORPORATION OF LANGUAGE (VIC)

More information coming soon.

 

Activations

BACK TO COUNTRY (NSW)

Max

Guided by Yuin Elder Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison and community members who are dedicated to South Eastern Aboriginal Lore, this project delivers culturally enriching camps to Aboriginal young men on Yuin Ngarigo country to support their connection with Country and self for the true healing and cultural strengthening that is required to navigate between two worlds.

 

KOORIE YOUNG PEOPLES RESOURCE (VIC)

Utilising an Aboriginal youth-centred approach comprising of workshops and an online survey, this project will develop a practical resource for stakeholders to use when engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to ensure they have a voice at the table and are active participants in decision-making, policy development and cultural strengthening.

 

KALINYA: CULTURE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP (VIC)

Guided by Jirra Lulla Harvey, founder of Kalinya Communications this masterclass nurtures aspiring Aboriginal business entrepreneurs whose companies promote cultural values and knowledge through a dual approach to model Aboriginal ways of working and create meaningful employment opportunities for the next generation. The vision is to increase business opportunities and impact while acting as ambassadors for change when engaging with wider Australia.

 

MURMINDIK WILAM (VIC)

Guided by Caroline Martin, local community Elders, leaders and mentors, murmindik wilam offers young First Nations women the opportunity to participate in a culturally safe and immersive residential program designed to establish trust, create structure and support young women to be grounded in culture. Outcomes include building resilience and cultural strength, economic opportunities, employment and skills training.

Culture is Life is a recently established not-for-profit organisation founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist David Prior to underpin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led initiatives to support cultural strengthening and to prevent youth suicide.