CVA Updates

National Reconciliation Week 2021

Kaurna elder Uncle Tamaru hosting a Welcome to Country at our #SeaToSource Day of Action event in Adelaide.


We believe taking action is one of the most courageous things you can do.  

In terms of our vision of a future where nature and people thrive together, we encourage taking action for the natural world around us. But we know that’s not the only path that requires action for change. 

This National Reconciliation Week, we’re acknowledging that reconciliation is more than a word. It takes action. 

The foundation of our work is built on the fact that we’re a part of the lands we live with. Lands that were never ceded by first nations people. In the words of Reconciliation Australia, “reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”. As an organisation, we’re putting our hand up to acknowledge we’re on that journey too, and we’re taking steps in the right direction. We’re proud of the relationships we have with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the projects we’ve worked on in the past, and excited about the future too.

To honour this years #NationalReconciliationWeek, we want to encourage our communities to take action where they can. To grow with us on this journey of initiating conversations and asking the hard questions. 

How can you take action today? Here are a handful of ways to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations working towards a future of reconciliation – with both the broader Australian community and the lands we all call home. 

1) Support Seed Mob: the next generation of future stewards 

Seed Mob are on the cusp of becoming Australia’s first and only Indigenous youth-led environmental organisation. But they need our help!



2) Clothing The Gaps: Purchase a reusable cup or bottle through their frank green collab 

At the heart of Clothing The Gaps is the purpose to influence social change that promotes equity so that Aboriginal people feel seen and heard. Clothing The Gaps has teamed up with frank green to create a resuable drinkware line to continue caring for Country and celebrating Aboriginal culture whilst sparking important conversations. 



3) Children’s Ground: Plan a “Wear it yellow” fundraiser 

This is one for all the schools, businesses and community groups! Support First Nations children by hosting a ‘Wear it yellow” fundraiser or activity throughout National Reconciliation Week! 



4) Country Needs People: Support the growth and security of Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas

The Country Needs People campaign is a growing group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians calling on decision makers to double funding for Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas, commit to longer term funding for Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas and support a long term national target of 5000 Indigenous land and sea management jobs.



5) Firesticks and Victor Steffensen: Learn more about Indigenous land management practises

Delving deep into the Australian landscape and the environmental challenges we face, Fire Country is a powerful account from Indigenous land management expert Victor Steffensen on how the revival of cultural burning practices, and improved ‘reading’ of country, could help to restore our land. In fact, Victor Steffensen says “it’s time to put together a whole new national approach that this nation has never seen before. It will take everyone being involved and listening to all the expertise that is positive and helps make it happen.”