On May 25 2020, a 46 year-old African American man named George Floyd died.
He had allegedly used counterfeit money when Minneapolis police arrived at the scene. A white male officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes.
“Please, I can’t breathe,” cried Floyd. The police officer did not move.
Floyd’s cause of death was “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”
Protests have rocked the streets of cities across the US and beyond, urging for immediate action on systemic racism.
In Australia, we have rightly turned our attention to our treatment of Aboriginal peoples, especially with regard to the high rates of suicide, appalling health disparates and unwavering deaths in custody.
Social media has erupted, urging everyone to research and educate themselves on issues which disproportionately affect those with black skin.
Elevating black voices and experiences and supporting businesses run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is just one of the ways we can do this.
Here is a list of 7 exciting and rapidly evolving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses that you could support if you live in Australia (and even if you don’t).
Something Wild is an Indigenous-owned supplier of native food including open range game meats and native greens and fruits.
Some of their offerings include green ants, magpie goose, kangaroo, open range boar, goat, crocodile, wild and farmed venison, game birds, emu, camel and other exotic game meats.
And it’s not just the fancy restaurants that Something Wild supplies to (including Noma Australia, Vue de Monde, Orana and Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck); they say that anyone is able to use these meats in their cooking.
There are recipes on their website which may inspire you to consider adding these traditional meats to your repertoire.
Something Wild also have their very own Green Ant Gin. A must try, no doubt!
They are located at Adelaide Central Market 44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide.
You can find out more here.
As well as being a contemporary Aboriginal Artist, Gavin Wanganeen is also a former AFL legend. As a descendant of the Kokatha Mula people of the Western Desert, Wanganeen’s art tells the stories of his ancestors. And it is simply beautiful.
Using modern, pastel colouring with flecks of metallic, Wanganeen’s art is captivating as both storytelling and home interior pieces.
Check out his website here.
Boolamarr is an Aboriginal owned family company founded by Dr Richard Walley OAM Nyoongar Statesman and his wife Robyn Smith-Walle.
Made in Western Australia, these beautiful products are made with native botanical oils and are inspired by Aboriginal medicine and wellbeing.
They have both a personal care and industrial care range. Lemon Myrtle, Sandalwood Seed Oil, Sandalwood Shell Grit and Eucalyptus are the main elements in the hand washes.
The formulas are gentle and suitable for all skin types.
Find out more here.
This is a proudly 100% Indigenous Australian owned company run and owned by a Gooreng Gooreng heritage family. They have a variety of coffee blends; their premium blend is a medium roast with sweet aromas of roasted hazelnuts and rich caramel, accompanied by flavours of delicious nuts and butterscotch.
The company also has tea, hot chocolate and chai available.
Find out more here.
Indigiearth is an Aboriginal owned company established in Mudgee, Central West New South Wales.
The health-and-beauty-focussed business was started by Sharon Winsor, a Ngemba Weilwan woman from Western NSW – and the products are all truly gorgeous.
There is everything from jams and spice blends to skincare and candles.
A lilly pilly, river mint and emu apple candle sounds all kinds of heavenly.
You can find face masks, body custard and hydration mist here.
Clothing the Gap is an Aboriginal owned and Aboriginal led social enterprise that aims to unite people through fashion. They have many different collections and lots of cosy clothes and accessories.
Check them out here.
We recently discovered Lou Martin on instagram and we have been obsessed ever since. Based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Lou Martin Design creates contemporary indigenous art (Wiradjuri).
The intricate art along with the pastel palette transports you to a place of calm and luxury.
This piece is called ‘Marrumbang II’ and it is the second in a series of three.
Lou says, “In the Wiradjuri language, Marrumbang translates to love and kindness.
“This second edition is landscape profile and the two arch shapes at the bottom represent mother and daughter.
“In times like these, we need to spread the good stuff and hold your family tightly.”
We couldn’t agree more.
If you don’t have room in your budget for a piece of art just yet, they also sell beautiful fridge magnets for $12.
Check them out here.
Head to Supply Nation to find Australia’s largest national directory of verified Indigenous businesses.
And let’s continue to support, uplift and elevate one another (now and always).