The dark stain left by colonisation is still too apparent in Australia today.
The gaping chasm between Australians is a tragic reminder of the injustice of our colonial history. 500,000 Indigenous Australians have lower life expectancy, are less likely to complete their education, and are more likely to earn less than their non-Indigenous compatriots.
Australia trails other comparable nations in this aspect. No Australian wants this divide.
We have the capacity to bridge Australia’s greatest divide. We envision an Australia where our children grow up strong in mind, body and spirit; where our children can orbit between the two worlds, whilst enjoying the best of both.
Indigenous Australians remain far behind other Australians and sit well behind Indigenous people in other comparable nations in education, poverty and life expectancy measures.
- Indigenous Australians are the most incarcerated people in the world.
- Indigenous youth are 24 times more likely to be detained in juvenile detention.
- Adult imprisonment rates have increased 48%.
We have the capacity to bridge Australia’s greatest divide.
Our work to empower 20,000 Indigenous Australians residing in remote Cape York communities serves as a model to prove that Australia can overcome social injustice – even in the most remote communities where disadvantage is severely entrenched. We support individuals, families and communities to build the capabilities they need to choose lives they have reason to value.
“I contend that our first and foremost challenge in addressing the issues facing Indigenous people in Australia is a challenge about thinking. It’s not just about action and implementation and service delivery and so on. Our first starting point must be to face up to the fact that, after 30 years and three decades of considerable investment and commitment by the Australian people to the position of Indigenous peoples, we have not really made much progress.”
– Noel Pearson, Our Right to Take Responsibility, 2003