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Australia

By addressing unresolved mistrust that was caused by colonization, and by organizing events to bring non-Indigenous Australians and First Nations Peoples closer together - we are walking alongside communities on the path to build trust and recognition. 

Why is trust needed? 

Australia’s history of colonization continues to impact the health of Australia’s communities. Colonization has resulted in inequity, racism and the disruption of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The divide between non-Indigenous Australians and First Nations Peoples has remained deep and painful.
 
The project began as a response to the invitation of First Nations leaders for all Australians to join ‘in a movement towards fair and truthful relationships’. This vision was expressed in their ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ issued in 2017 at a national convention to consider changes to the Constitution, which has no recognition of the 60,000 years of First Nations possession and heritage on this continent. Their agenda of establishing at a national level a Voice to Parliament, a 'Makarrata Commissions to oversee forming a Treaty, and Truth-telling process has yet to be taken seriously by the federal government, though some states are moving in that direction.
 
IofC Australia’s trustbuilding project grew from the intention to participate in a movement towards this national agenda, launched as ‘Our Uluru Response’.

How is trust built?

White male speaking to semi-circle of white and indigenous Australians outdoors
Truth-telling and truth-hearing

The trustbuilding methodology is used to connect and transform relationships in safe spaces. In-depth workshops are co-designed with First Nations people to reveal the true history, facilitating personal change and enabling acceptance of the other.

Three women and one man smile at the camera during an outreach event
Forming positive relationships

Engaging non-Indigenous Australians to build relationships with First Nations Peoples and communities, through dialogues and events like yarning circles and historical site visits. 

Learn more about Trustbuilding in Australia

Margaret Hepworth
Executive Officer IofC Australia

Sarah Naarden
Trustbuilding Project Manager

Amiel Nubaha
IofC Australia Board Member

David Clisby
IofC Australia Board Member

Caroline Edwards

Mike Brown

Ron Lawler