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It’s impossible to ignore the discourse around Black Lives Matter as America comes to a violent standstill in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
The movement, originally founded in 2013, is also an important one here in Australia, where Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Lives Matter have placed a spotlight on Aboriginal deaths in custody and racial intolerance.
Right now, it can be difficult to know what to do or say. But a reader reached out to us this week to ask whether we had a listing of local Indigenous businesses she could support. She wanted to show solidarity and support beyond social media.
While we have featured Indigenous businesses on our website and in our magazine pages, we didn’t have anything specifically consolidated that we could recommend.
So, we thought there is no better time to start than now. Here is a list of Indigenous businesses which do a range of remarkable things right here in Canberra—from furniture design, to homewares, to ICT supply, to ethical Indigenous art and “on country” designs for school uniforms.
A number of these are also featured on Supply Nation, a national Indigenous business register which you can view here. We are also keen to hear from you if you run or recommend an Indigenous business and we will update this list in coming days.
So, if you want to support Indigenous Australians with an entrepreneurial streak, or ensure your dollars help maintain Indigenous jobs, or even if you just want to learn more about Indigenous creatives or corporations which are operating locally, you can use this as a launch pad.
Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery
Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery has celebrated 31 years of bringing quality, ethically-sourced Aboriginal art to Canberra and has galleries in Civic and at Gold Creek.
The art has been selected from numerous Indigenous Communities and Art Centres, and includes works by important artists, together with paintings and crafts by many emerging and collectable artists. Changing exhibitions are presented in the Gallery every couple of weeks.
Art Mark Gallery
Art Mark Gallery is an Australian Aboriginal Art and Design Gallery, established and operating in Canberra since 2013. They specialise in high quality ethically sourced Aboriginal art and design.
Black Magic Coffee
A family-run coffee-van specialising in providing fabulous espresso coffees, hot chocolates and specialty teas at a range of events in and beyond Canberra.
They love attending festivals, sporting events, and are happy to provide fair trade and organic products.
Booka Consulting offers a huge range of management consulting and contracting services to the federal government from its Civic headquarters.
Burunju Art Gallery
Burrunju Aboriginal Corporation was established in Conder to provide local Indigenous people an opportunity to realise their dream of self-determination through the creation and sale of their artworks and music.
Canberra Furnished Accommodation
Canberra Furnished Accommodation began in 2003 when Matt and Laurie McDonald rented their investment property on a short-term furnished basis. Today, Canberra Furnished Accommodation is an award winning business with more than 50 properties available in Canberra for people needing furnished and equipped accommodation on a flexible or short term basis.
The home of culturally appropriate workplace relations, Capital Workplace offers investigative HR services, mediation and training as well as assistance with governance and internal HR policies.
Supplying wholesale to the cleaning and hospitality industries, Chemworks offers a wide range of items—some of which are especially important during COVID, such as soap and sanitiser dispensers.
Corroborree Security Services
Corroborree Security Services provides security and personal safety services including surveillance services, security and CCTV systems and maintenance.
Curijo is a professional services company specialising in financial services such as audit and assurance, consultancy for strategic and business management and operational research, as well as adult education.
ACT NAIDOC Person of the Year for 2016 Dion Devow’s company specialises in clothing design and streetwear—producing everything from “on country” uniforms to NAIDOC and special event clothing and accessories.
Dilkara Essence of Australia
Created by 2016 NAIDOC Business Woman of the Year and salon owner Julie Okely, Dilkara Essence of Australia offers a wide range of hair products infused with potent Australian botanical ingredients, such as Kakadu Plum, Quandong and Native Peppermint Oil.
Dyurra Yhurramuulun Catering
Established in late 2019, Dyurra Yhurramuulun Catering specialises in bush tucker foods, teas, herbs and plants, including gift boxes, in-house catering (once COVID-restrictions allow) and DIY damper jars with speciality flavours like wattleseed, bunya nut and finger lime.
A creative arts business and an extensive online shop originating from the mid-north coast of NSW.
Krystal Hurst is a Worimi woman who designs handmade jewellery using materials from nature, and specialises in contemporary Aboriginal artworks on canvas, murals and running workshops.
The Gulanga Group is a Supply Nation-Certified Indigenous business based in Kingston which promotes the effective use of new and emerging Information and Communications Technology to deliver better business outcomes—particularly the government sphere.
Fernwood Canberra City
Wendy Brookman’s Fernwood franchise is dedicated to getting the best results for its clients, with tailored personal training programs, state-of-the-art fitness equipment and a wide range of group fitness classes.
First People’s Property Group
The First People’s Property group provides commercial and industrial cleaning, bulk waste and recycling management, window cleaning, carpet services and flood insurance work from its headquarters in Civic.
Larry Brandy Aboriginal Storyteller
A proud Wiradjuri man, Larry does a range of performances and early childhood talks and has published a book teaching kids the basics of Wiradjuri language counting and a colouring book featuring names and drawings of local plant and animal life.
Little Oink and To All My Friends
Looking after the littles and the grown-ups, these two popular eating establishments at The Cook Shops are run by Shayne Taylor and Natalie Legg. Little Oink offers a colourful and child-friendly cafe environment, while To All My Friends serves up craft beer, happy hour, and gourmet pizza.
A 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and operated creative communications agency established for community.
Established by proud Warumungu/Wombaya woman Jessica Johnson, Nungala Creative produces innovative content with a distinct Aboriginal voice.
Currently Sydney-based but with capacity to work in the ACT.
The Pipeline Group is Kingston-based and committed to growing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates and to work with employers to ensure outstanding Indigenous candidates are brought to their attention.
Pipeline staff have delivered strategy and consulting services to organisations across Australia, ranging from a number of corporations in Australia’s top 200 ASX to small start-ups in remote communities.
Specialises in recruitment, labour hire, contract management and recruitment process outsourcing. Also registered with Supply Nation.
Sip, Swig and Swallow
A gorgeous vintage van (named Joan) which hit the road this year to serve cocktails or coffee (or both) at special events.
When Joan rolls in, you know you’re going to have a great party!
Téa and Belle
This online gifts and homewares store was created by Canberra youngsters Téa and Belle (pictured above), and stocks everything from candles with iconic Australian scents to clothing, stationery and leather goods.
Thunderstone Aboriginal Cultural Services
Thunderstone Aboriginal Cultural Services is committed to educating the wider community about Aboriginal culture and heritage, specifically the culture, history and stories of the Ngunawal people of Canberra and region and offer tours and workshops.
Established in 2016, this Aboriginal-owned organisation provides services in printing, promotional products, web and graphic design and facilitation.
Waybarra by Garigarra
Garigarra makes handwoven art to be worn or displayed and specialises in running weaving workshops, using traditional Aboriginal weaving practices passed on to her by her Elders.
A cyber, ICT and professional services business, Willyama assists government clients by providing high-quality services outcomes, as well as helping them meet their Indigenous Procurement Policy targets.
WINYA supplies workstations, sit-stand desks, task seating, lounges and storage, lockers and boardrooms through Indigenous employment-focused manufacturing at their base in Queanbeyan.
Feature image: via Facebook
Adam Shipp offers a range of services to connect the community with traditional food and medicine based on plants from the ACT and surrounding region.
He delivers guided walks, workshops and bush tucker cooking classes as well as running an online shop which specialises in traditional plants and medicines.