We acknowledge all First Peoples of this land and celebrate their enduring connections to Country, knowledge and stories. We pay our respects to Elders and Ancestors who watch over us and guide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

This space contains images, voices and stories from people that have passed away.

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WHO WE ARE

Common Ground is a First Nations-led not-for-profit. We’re working to shape a society that centres First Nations people by amplifying knowledge, cultures and stories.

What we do

Amplify and back First Nations voices

We bring together knowledge, cultures and stories to create content and experiences that inform and advocate.

Embed First Nations knowledge

Right now we're focused on creating change in the education system and the justice system. We make resources for schools, run campaigns and support advocacy work.

Cultural storytelling projects

We work with a range of partners, collaborators and First Nations communities to develop new ways of celebrating and strengthening culture so it can be shared with future generations.

Our vision

A society that centres First Nations people, knowledge and self-determination in everything.

Some projects we're working on

90% of Australians believe it is important to know about the history of our First Peoples, but only 40% believe they have a high level of knowledge about their history.

Australian Reconciliation Barometer (2020) - Reconciliation Australia

OUR StORY

Common Ground exists to bring connection, truth and deeper understanding. Our work creates impact by centering First Nations people, knowledge and cultures in this society, so that First Nations people can have control over our futures. 

Australia is built on a story that ignores its true history. We face many challenges, but ignore many of the solutions that First Nations people hold. 

Since 1788, Australia has been largely shaped and governed by colonial narratives and systems of power. These systems do not consider  First Nations voices, knowledge and solutions. The work we do at Common Ground is about changing these systems so they centre First Nations people, and our ways of being and knowing. 

‘Systems’ are the large, broad parts of something - rather than the individual, one-on-one aspects. When we talk about ‘systems’ of society we are talking about the processes, institutions, or structures that shape  the way we live. Like governments, education and media organisations, businesses, and the dominating societal norms and behaviours. These systems are shaped by the narratives and mindsets that people hold.

Talking about changing systems, or ‘systems change’ means focusing on conditions that hold these systems in place.

Like the story of the seeds in the Kaltu Kaltu artwork seen in our branding - we are sowing truth, knowledge, culture and connection into the fabric of society, so it may grow into a better future for our communities. 

“We must share the truths of our past, the lived experiences of the present, and the rich cultures across our continent to break down the divides between non-Indigenous Australians and First Nations people - and find common ground.” - Rona Glynn-McDonald

The consciousness of wider Australia is shifting. More and more people understand that they have missed out on the opportunity to learn from First Nations people, and connect.

Common Ground first launched with a website bringing together First Nations knowledge, cultures and stories. We create content, educational resources and share stories. We have continued to evolve as a First Nations not-for-profit. We work on a range of digital platforms, cultural storytelling projects and strategic partnerships in different systems. 

First Nations knowledge and cultures are a rich asset for Australia. We are the original storytellers and knowledge holders since time immemorial. Together we can shape an Australia that centres First Nations people, so that every person can thrive.

THE COMMON GROUND ARTWORK

Our branding features an artwork by Rupert Jack. Rupert Jack is a senior Pitjantjatjara man from the APY lands.  Speaking about his Kaltu Kaltu artwork Rupert says:

"This is my father's name. It is also the name of a seed that can be made into bread. This is good food. My father was born in a place called Angatja, under the blue mountains named Murpu. There are many of these seeds there which is why he was called this".

With the help of Ernabella Arts, and Rupert Jack we've made a digital version of the artwork to tell a story in our brand. You will see it across our website and social media channels.

Contact us

get in touch at: hello@commonground.org.au

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