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Calgardup Bushfire burning in Margaret River. DFES Incident Photographer Sean Blocksidge/AAP Image/

Indigenous peoples across the globe are uniquely equipped to deal with the climate crisis - so why are we being left out of these conversations?

The urgency of tackling climate change is even higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and other First Nation peoples across the globe. They need to be part of the solution.
People take a selfie after receiving a COVID vaccine at an Aboriginal vaccination Hub in Whalan, west of Sydney. Dan Himbrechts/AAP Images

Getting vaccinated is the act of love needed right now to support the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during the pandemic

There have been many barriers for Aboriginal communities to access the vaccine during the pandemic. Despite this, communities are taking the lead in ensuring everyone gets vaccinated.
Bundhurr Marburumburaay Miilgi Ngalgarra (lighting, thunder, rain, shine)- no matter how big, strong or scary the storm the sun will shine again. Artist Renae Lamb, Wiradjuri Wongabong. Owner Midnight Dreaming. Used with permission. Provided by author

10 ways we can better respond to the pandemic in a trauma-informed way

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful time for all, and even more so for people experiencing trauma-related stress. How can public health emergency responses avoid further trauma for vulnerable people?
Aboriginal All Stars at Football Park, Darwin. Stephen Cherry/AAP

Sport and physical activity play important roles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but there are barriers to participation

Physical activity and sport are important in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. However, there are barriers to these activities for some communities. How can this be addressed?
Indigenous community members receiving a Covid-19 vaccines at a pop-up vaccination clinic at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Redfern. Dan Himbrechts/AAP Image

Whiteness in the time of COVID: Australia’s health services still leaving vulnerable communities behind

Predominantly white perspectives in health practice and policy development can exclude First Nations people in some health services. This is proving evident during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The town of Wilcannia in the far outback of New South Wales on the banks of the Darling river. shutterstock

COVID in Wilcannia: a national disgrace we all saw coming

The COVID-19 crisis in Wilcannia demonstrates how entrenched neglect has led to a community devastated by the global pandemic.

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