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Empowered Communities - Empowered Communities aims to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities by driving an Indigenous Empowerment policy reform agenda. It is led by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people in eight regions across Australia. Our vision is straightforward: "we want for our children the same opportunities and choices other Australians expect for their children. We want them to succeed in mainstream Australia, achieving educational success, prospering in the economy and living long, safe and healthy lives. We want them to retain their distinct cultures, languages and identities as peoples and to be recognised as Indigenous Australians."

  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/about.aspx About Empowered Communities - The status quo is not working. Empowered Communities is a long-term policy reform agenda for the way in which Indigenous affairs is conducted. Based on the principle of Indigenous empowerment, it requires a new partnership of Indigenous leaders, governments and corporate leaders in order to succeed, with all partners prepared to play their roles in a different way.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/about/report.aspx Our Proposal - Empowered Communities - This report is the culmination of 18 months of engagement and design work by Indigenous leaders, communities and organisations across the eight Empowered Communities regions.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/regions.aspx Our Regions - Empowered Communities - Empowered Communities is about facilitating place-based development. A critical component of this focus is a regional place-based approach covering the eight regions and including provisions for other regions to opt in down the track.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/regions/cape-york.aspx Cape York Region - Empowered Communities - Cape York is a region of linguistic, cultural and environmental diversity. Cape York Indigenous people have much in common and are bound by shared history. Before colonisation, Cape York was densely populated and people maintained complex kinship networks and traded across the continent.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/regions/central-coast.aspx Central Coast Region - Empowered Communities - The Central Coast of NSW is home to one of Australia’s largest nations of First Peoples. It is bound by the Hawkesbury River in the south, the Watagan Mountains in the west and the southern end of Lake Macquarie in the north. It is the home of the Darkinyung people.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/regions/east-kimberley.aspx East Kimberley Region - Empowered Communities - The East Kimberley Region is renowned for its natural beauty. It is also home to the oldest living culture where Aboriginal customary lore and traditions are still practiced, traditional language has survived and a strong spiritual attachment to land is unbroken.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/regions/goulburn-murray.aspx Goulburn-Murray Region - Empowered Communities - The Goulburn-Murray region sits on the land of the Yorta Yorta Nation, on the junction of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers in northeast Victoria and southern New South Wales. Yorta Yorta Country encompasses the regional townships of Deniliquin, Echuca, Kyabram, Shepparton, Mooroopna and Wangaratta and includes significant cultural and geographic features such as Barmah/Millewa Forest.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/regions/inner-sydney.aspx Inner Sydney Region - Empowered Communities - Redfern and La Perouse have been connected for millennia. The cultural Koori ‘hub’ of Redfern, near Sydney’s CBD, is just 14km from the beautiful coastal suburb of La Perouse. Together, these two communities comprise the Inner Sydney region for Empowered Communities.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/regions/NPY.aspx NPY Lands Region - Empowered Communities - The Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Lands span the central desert region of South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, covering 350,000 square kilometres and encompassing 26 remote communities and homelands. Anangu share a deep commonality, which crosses State and Territory borders. These jurisdictional borders have little or no meaning for Anangu, who are highly mobile throughout the region (between and within communities and between the NPY Lands and Alice Springs)
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/regions/NEAL.aspx North-East Arnhem Land Region - Empowered Communities - North-east Arnhem Land region is located in the north-eastern corner of the Northern Territory. This vast tract of nearly 100,000 square kilometres of Aboriginal-owned land is one of the last strongholds in Australia of a vibrant traditional Aboriginal culture. The Aboriginal people of north-east Arnhem Land, the Yolngu, today live a unique lifestyle with a strong cultural focus, despite ongoing constant pressure to conform to a western lifestyle. Land and country are genetically factored into the DNA of all Yolngu people.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/regions/west-kimberley.aspx West Kimberley Region - Empowered COmmunities - Renowned for its vibrant colours, remarkable landscape and unique biodiversity, the Kimberley is rich in Indigenous culture and tradition. Kimberley Aboriginal people are part of the oldest continuous culture in the world, dating back more than 50,000 years. The Kimberley is a living landscape and the relationship between Aboriginal people and country is one of mutual respect and benefit. The West Kimberley region includes the towns and surrounding communities of Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing. It also includes a number of Aboriginal communities on the Dampier Peninsula and in the region south of Broome towards the Pilbara.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/vision.aspx Our Vision - Empowered Communities - We want for our children the same opportunities and choices other Australians expect for their children. We want them to succeed in mainstream Australia, achieving educational success, prospering in the economy and living long, safe and healthy lives. We want them to retain their distinct cultures, languages and identities as peoples and to be recognised as Indigenous Australians.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/journey.aspx Our Journey - Empowered Communities - Working together around a common set of challenges. We met together, as 25 Indigenous leaders from the eight regions, in June 2013 on the Central Coast of New South Wales, and decided to join forces to achieve the transformational changes we are all seeking. Following this meeting we developed a proposal to government setting out a framework for comprehensive structural reform of Indigenous affairs in our regions, through a new, more balanced partnership with governments.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/faqs.aspx FAQs - Empowered Communities - 'Business as usual' in Indigenous Affairs isn’t working. We need to try something different. The philosophy of Empowered Communities is: ‘Indigenous lives, Indigenous led.’ It’s about Indigenous leaders stepping up, taking charge, and taking responsibility for our own communities. The true goal is development, the path to get there is empowerment.
  • http://empoweredcommunities.org.au/resources.aspx Empowered Communities - Empowered Communities is a reform agenda led by Indigenous people, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in eight regions across Australia.

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