The Australian Youth Climate Coalition

Indigenous History

Indigenous History

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked after this land sustainably for tens of thousands of years, this gives us hope that we can do it again.

This is why Indigenous communities need to be front and centre of our efforts to solve climate change - and why at the AYCC it is our responsibility to ensure that Indigenous youth are leaders of our generation-wide movement.

Seed is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network. Our vision is to build a movement of Indigenous young people taking action on climate change and to show that leadership is the most powerful when it comes from the community.

To find out more about Indigenous history and the struggles for justice, Seed and AYCC recommend you check out some of these resources


The Koori History Website

 This website complied by Gary Foley has a multitude of resources on Indigenous Australian's 240 year struggle for justice. 

Indigenous Rights - National Museum Australia 

The fifteen years from the late 1950s to the early 1970s was a time of unusual collaboration between black and white activists in Australia. Alliances were formed between Aboriginal Australians motivated to help their people and white Australians wanting to redress the injustices suffered by dispossessed peoples in the building of the Australian state. This website from the National Museum tells their stories. 

National Congress of Australia's First People

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples is a national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. As a company the Congress is owned and controlled by its membership and is independent of Government. Together we will be leaders and advocates for recognising our status and rights as First Nations Peoples in Australia.

Creative Spirits 

Browse a vast collection of books, movies and music, probably the only collection where you can easily find Aboriginal authors, filmmakers and musicians.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People 

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) affirms the minimum standards for the survival, dignity, security and well-being of Indigenous peoples worldwide and enshrines Indigenous peoples’ right to be different.

The Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2007. This was the culmination of more than 20 years of negotiation between the Indigenous peoples and governments of the world. The Australian Government announced its support for the Declaration in 2009.

The Declaration is particularly significant because Indigenous peoples, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, were involved in its drafting.

Share our Pride 

This website will give you a glimpse of how life looks from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective. 

Indigenous Australia 

This website provides information on Indigenous Australian culture, language and social structures. 

Reconciliation Australia 

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.


ANTaR listens to and supports the aspirations of First Peoples and works to educate the wider community, shape public opinion, speak up against injustice and influence public policy to advance our vision."

 Change the Record

The 'Change the Record' campaign is led by the National Justice Coalition,  a group of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights and community organisations  working together to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system.  The National Justice Coalition are working together to promote a new approach which focuses on addressing the underlying causes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rates and more effectively promotes community safety.


First Australians - SBS series

First Australians chronicle the birth of contemporary Australia as never told before, from the perspective of its first people. First Australians explores what unfolds when the oldes living culture in the world is overrun by the world’s greatest empire. Over seven episodes, First Australians depicts the true stories of individuals – both black and white – caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia’s most transformative period of history. 

Utopia - John Piliger

Exploring offenses practiced by popular media, big business, police forces and Governments helping the British invaders 225 year campaign of genocide continue against Aboriginal Australians.

 Friends overseas

 Idle No More 

Inspiring Indigenous movement in Canada, calling on all people to join a peaceful revolution to honour Indigenous sovereignty and protect the land and water. 

Indigenous Environment Network

Working for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and for Environmental and Economic Justice, the IEN was established in 1990 within the United States.