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For NAIDOC Week 2022, we’re celebrating our Cotton On Foundation partners: The incredible Aboriginal owned and led organisations leading the way in protecting and promoting culture, and driving equality and change.

Learning on Country Workshops | Yirrkala

An educational and culturally rich program for middle and senior Yolŋu students, as part of the curriculum. Learning on Country workshops, or ‘Galtha Rom’ workshops, take place on country and deepen the connection between young Yolŋu people and knowledge of culture and Country.

Yirrkala School | Yirrkala

One of the few bilingual schools in Australia with an educational pathway and curriculum that supports learning in first language, Yolŋu Matha. Some of the projects we support include: Wellbeing, music and creative workshops, cultural workshops and teacher training.

The Mulka Project | Yirrkala & Homelands

Located in the Buku-Larrŋgay Arts Centre, the Mulka Project brings together students, mentors and elders to share Yolŋu culture through digital, visual and Yolŋu art. With a production house, recording studio and digital learning centre on-site, Mulka is an incredible archive of historical and cultural footage. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in the creative arts, while building the confidence to express and explore their identity.

Community Based Aboriginal Teacher Education (C-BATE) | Yirrkala School & Laynhapuy Homelands School

Supporting Yolŋu teachers to further their careers without having to leave their communities to study. Teachers can develop skills while remaining connected to their families, communities and elders. This will increase the number of qualified Yolŋu teachers working in Yirrkala School and Laynhapuy Homeland Schools, while supporting the teachers in maintaining a strong sense of culture and identity.

Djalkiri Pathways Program | Yirrkala

Our newest partnership is with a Yolŋu-led intergenerational initiative. The Djalkiri Pathways Program aims to empower the next generation of leaders with individualised pathways for further education, personal and career growth.

Strong Brother, Strong Sister (SBSS) | Wadawurrung Country

Led by an incredible team of young Aboriginal people, SBSS provides a culturally safe place for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Wadawurrung (Greater Geelong) region. The organisation runs programs designed to mentor and support, as well as connect local youth with their community and culture.
Cotton On Foundation supports SBSS in delivering regular youth groups and 1:1 mentoring sessions in a brand new youth hub. There is also access to Suicide Prevention Programs and a Family Support Program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families.

Stars Foundation | Supported by Supré Foundation

Stars Foundation aims to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage for Indigenous girls and young women in Australia through quality in-school education programs that improve education, employment, health and wellbeing.
These programs place focus on ensuring Indigenous girls and young women attend and remain engaged at school, complete Year 12 and move into full-time work or further study. Investing in First Nations young women and providing opportunities for them to choose their path and fulfill their potential creates a powerful ripple effect and an enduring legacy for Australia.

Show your support

From July 3 to August 22, 100% of Foundation proceeds go towards supporting Australian First Nations projects.