Studium Essentials acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and their Elders; past, present & future. Studium products are made on land that was forcibly removed from the Awabakal People.
How can you help?
We encourage you to include the traditional place name above the colonised name of your postal address at checkout, if you are unsure what your area is - you can find it here
This initiative was founded by Gomeroi woman Rachael McPhahil, read more here
or visit her instagram here.
How do we help?
Each quarter, Studium donates a percentage of each sale to a selected organisation that helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
CHANGE THE RECORD
Donation Period: September - December 2020
Change the Record is Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. We work to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The rates at which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are experiencing violence and being put in prison has reached a crisis point.
Over the last 10 years we have seen a 88% increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people being put in prison, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now 13 times more likely to be imprisoned than non-Indigenous people. Being put in prison separates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their family, community and country. It takes children away from their parents and school; and makes it harder to enter the workforce, find housing and make ends meet on the other side.
At the same time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – especially women and children – are experiencing increasing amounts of violence. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence. This is devastating lives.
On Monday 30th November 2015, the Change the Record Coalition launched a 'Blueprint for Change', This is the first time a broad range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous organisations have come together with a concrete plan for Federal, State and Territory Governments to change the record on soaring Aboriginal imprisonment rates and high levels of experienced violence.
The Blueprint calls for a whole of government strategy, the setting of justice targets, and a commitment to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, their organisations and representatives to drive solutions.
Many of the solutions are already there. Now we need to make it happen, and do so in a way that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and services to drive these solutions.
Learn more by downloading the Change the Record campaign's Blueprint for Change.
PAY THE RENT
Donation Period: January - March 2021
We live, work and play on land that was forcibly taken from Aboriginal people. There has been no Treaty with the First Nations of this place and the effects of colonisation continue to this day.
We could wait for years for the government to sign a Treaty and commit to justice and restitution for Aboriginal people. But we don’t want to just sit and wait. We want to act now in solidarity with Aboriginal people.
This Pay the Rent initiative is based in and currently focussed on Victoria. First Nations people make all the major decisions including any allocations of Rent. The role of non-Indigenous people involved is purely to deal with administration including liaising with rent payers and the colonial state. These people are volunteers, and they are fully accountable to the First Nations group – the ‘Sovereign Body’.
ABORIGINAL LEGAL SERVICE
Donation Period: April - June 2021
The ALS is a proud Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisation.
The Aboriginal Legal Service opened our doors in 1970 in Redfern as the first Aboriginal Legal Service in Australia, and the first free legal assistance service in the country – that makes us almost 50 years old!
After dispossession, new laws were imposed, and used to rule over our communities. We had no say in the laws that were created and the police and the courts have historically played a fundamental role in the oppression of Aboriginal peoples.
The ALS was founded as a response to this injustice, and in acknowledgement of the importance of Aboriginal people designing and delivering services to our own communities.
Today the ALS does legal work in criminal law, children’s care and protection law and family law in NSW/ACT. We also support the development of wraparound programs and undertake broader policy and law reform work.
Donation Period: July - September 2021
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation.
ANTaR is a national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights - and overcoming the disadvantage - of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We do this primarily through lobbying, public campaigns and advocacy.
ANTaR is here to achieve justice and equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by working to gain support for key social justice issues from non-Indigenous Australians. ANTaR's primary public campaign in its early years was the Sea of Hands.
ANTaR's work remains crucial because injustice and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage persist.