Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

First Nations Australians have a proud history of getting up, standing up, and showing up.

We must all continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change. Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together. It must be a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

It’s also time to celebrate the many who have driven and led change in First Nations communities over generations—they have been the heroes and champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.

Getting Up, Standing Up, and Showing Up can take many forms.

We need to move beyond just acknowledgement, good intentions, empty words and promises, and hollow commitments. Enough is enough. The relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non‑Indigenous Australians needs to be based on justice, equity, and the proper recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights.

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! to amplify First Nations voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

SJYS First Nations workers

The St John’s Youth Services team is fortunate to include a number of experienced and talented First Nations employees. As well as providing culturally safe support for young people, these employees generously share their immense cultural knowledge and insights with the wider SJYS team.

Click on the pictures below to learn more about what NAIDOC Week means to Kylie, Shanna and Jessica. 

Kylie Wanganeen
Shanna Canuto
Jessica Luciani (far left)

Meet the Little People visiting from Far North Queensland

At we’re celebrating NAIDOC Week with some very special visitors: the Hairy Men and Little People from Yarrabah in Far North Queensland.  
Located on the shore of Cape Grafton, FNQ, Yarrabah is the traditional Country of the Gunggandji People. It is a unique and culturally strong community surrounded by tropical native bushland and mountain ranges united by sandy coastlines and coral reefs. The Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct – the home of the Hairy Men and Little People – provides a dynamic space for locals to create art, connect with culture and acknowledge history. Venue Coordinator, Shanna, is also from this beautiful part of Australia, and will be happy to introduce you to her new friends. The Hairy Men and Little People will be at throughout NAIDOC Week, so pop in and say hello! 

The Artists

Michelle Yeatman  
Edna Ambrym
Philomena Yeatman

Celebrate NAIDOC Week with ACHL TIKA TIRKA at

Share knowledge, network and learn more about Tika Tirka.

Join a weaving workshop with Sonya Rankine to learn traditional Ngarrindjeri and Ngadjuri weaving techniques, where you can create your own small basket or mat using natural fibres. Sonya is a proud Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, Ngadjuri, and Wirangu woman and business owner of Lakun Mara. She will share the rich cultural tradition and importance of weaving for Ngarrindjeri and Ngadjuri First Nation people of South Australia. Weaving for Sonya is more than just art, it is the important practice of cultural revival and maintenance.

Try your hand at some First Nations Artwork, and share a FREE light lunch relax while enjoying a yarn around culture and community.

At on Thursday 7 July from 1pm.