Our voices, our employment resource highlights four underpinning values – respect, integrity, self-determination, and justice – that are realised through practical, real-world change. Key areas for action include cultural safety, empowerment, cultural connection, trauma informed practice, workplace safety, and leadership.
The resource was developed by the Aboriginal Advisory Group, a self-determined network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers at community legal centres. The development of the resource began at Big Yarn Up in 2022, a 2-day gathering on Gumbaynggirr Country, designed by and for First Nations workers.
The poster outlines how community legal centres can be culturally safe and connected workplaces for First Nations people.
In recent years, there has been significant growth in the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at community legal centres across New South Wales. In 2011, community legal centres employed just 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in New South Wales. Today, over 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people work at community legal centres in NSW.