Welcome to the Indigenous Department
Here, we celebrate our First Nation People at RMIT! The Indigenous Department was established in 2018, and aims to provide First Nation students a safe and wonderful University experience, and promote self education amongst Non-First Nation people.
Build your connection to Country with a range of Indigenous activities and resources.
RMIT Online Resource: On Country
RUSU stands in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We must call attention to the fact that race-based violence and inequality has a long history in this country. This is a struggle that First Nations people have been fighting for centuries, and the struggle is not over. People are still dying at the hands of police and in prisons. Here are some simple actions you can take:
// Educate yourself. Read this 101 on deaths in custody
// Join a campaign or collective. Take a look at First Nations Deaths in Custody Watch
, Justice for Walker
and Justice for Tanya Day
// Sign a petition
// Be actively anti-racist online. Take a selfie or write a message of support. Show your solidarity using the hashtags #DeathsInCustody #JusticeforTanyaDay and #JusticeForWalker.
// Keep up the momentum. Even if we can’t be in the streets, we can still make our voices heard.
Raise The Age and Close The Gap
First Nations people are still facing discrimination today. First Nations People have higher imprisonment rates and lower life expectancy. This is not where we want to be in 2021. Systemic racism in our justice system and our broader society is contributing to these unequal outcomes in justice and health and this needs to stop. We need to #RaisetheAge of criminal responsibility so kids as young as 10 aren’t sent to jail and we need to make sure First Nations voices lead the way in talks about how to #ClosetheGap in health outcomes. Here are some things you can do:
// Educate yourself. Learn about the work of the Coalition of Peaks
// Take a selfie or write a message of support. Show your solidarity using the hashtags #RaisetheAge and #ClosetheGap
// Sign a petition
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