Acknowledgement of Country
This website was created in Australia by Diversity Arts Australia in partnership with the British Council Australia. Diversity Arts’ national office in Parramatta stands on the unceded lands of the Burramattagal of the Darug nation. The British Council national office in Edgecliff stands on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.
We honour the Elders past, present and emerging of these nations and extend that respect to the Elders of over 250 Indigenous nations and language groups across the Australian continent. Always was, always will be. Aboriginal land.
Currently, the website focuses on ethno-cultural, migrant, refugee and minority ethnic racial equity in the arts and creative sector. We are working with the Aboriginal creative agency and research consultancy Garuwa to expand this work and to include and contextualise resources relevant to First Nations and Indigenous people.
The experience of current and historical colonisation, dispossession, abuse and injustice of First Nations people cannot be conflated with settler migrant experiences as part of a narrative of ‘multiculturalism’. In undertaking our work we are inspired, influenced and guided by the leading work of First Nations thinkers and their approaches to racial equity issues.
However working with Indigenous communities and cultural material requires very specific frameworks, protocols and standards that this website does not attempt to address, as our writers are not Indigenous and cannot speak on behalf of Indigenous communities.
There are many excellent resources for working in this space. Good starting points for people working in the arts and screen industries are the Australia Council for the Arts and Screen Australia. Our partners at Creative Victoria and Create NSW also have specific resources, as do arts and screen authorities in other Australian states and territories.