Using wealth to impact the world around us
This NAIDOC week, we want to help you to identify ways in which you can use your wealth to impact the world around us. By changing a few of your every day buying behaviours, you can take steps towards having a positive financial impact on Australia’s First Nations Peoples.
Check out the businesses below to meet the extraordinary First Nations people running these remarkable businesses that we love:
Chocolate on Purpose
Chocolate On Purpose is a 100% First Nations-owned business born on Wiradyuri Country at the source of the Bila Bula (Belubula River), in Millthorpe on the Central Tablelands of NSW.
Their signature range of chocolate is called ‘Bush Food Chocolate’, created by combining melt-in-the-mouth couverture chocolate with Australian native botanicals growing on Country.
Run by Fiona Harrison and Ally Jo, Chocolate on Purpose strives to share culture through storytelling with chocolate and education on the traditional use of the botanicals used by our First Nations people. Which helps deepen our respect for their culture and wisdom.
Clothing the Gaps
Clothing The Gaps is a Victorian First Nations-led and controlled, and majority First Nations-owned social enterprise, co-founded by Laura Thompson (Gunditjmara) and Sarah Sheridan (non-First Nations).
They use business as a vehicle to self-determine their future, supporting and funding the impactful work of the Clothing The Gaps Foundation through profit, efforts, and resources.
They are proud of their social enterprise, with its retail and distribution space, which also serves as a hub for First Nations employment. Eighty-one per cent (81%) of their staff members are First Nations. They aim to be a preferred employer for First Nations individuals, actively supporting their personal growth and pursuit of life goals and ambitions.
Haus of Dizzy
At the helm of Haus of Dizzy, proud Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson creates bold, playful, statement-making jewellery that celebrates and honours First Nations culture—imbuing a sense of empowerment and joy within everybody who wears it.
Often featuring powerful political and social messages, each Haus of Dizzy piece is designed, laser-cut, hand-painted, and assembled in the company’s studio in Fitzroy, Melbourne/Naarm.
The Minority Co.
Indya Hayes is the creator/owner of The Minority Co. This brand represents what she stands for trying to send a message, creating debates and starting conversations all to make a positive change in the world through statement jumpers.
The Minority Co pledge to play a part in a more collective society, where First Nations culture not only survives but thrives. Where it is embraced by the wider community and celebrated as it rightfully should be, and we hope you do too.
Want to learn more about NAIDOC Week 2023, and the ways in which you can support reconciliation and celebration of our First Nations peoples in your area? Visit https://www.naidoc.org.au/ to find ways to learn about and support First Nations people.