About Desert Pea Media


 

In Australia today, our Original Nations people continue to suffer huge disadvantages, both culturally and socially as a direct consequence of our shameful history of racism and violence. Many of Australia’s First Nations people continue to feel the effects of generational trauma on a daily basis: critical rates of youth suicide, low life expectancy, unemployment, cycles of incarceration, isolation and substance abuse. Desert Pea Media (DPM) is a response to this.

Established in 2002, DPM is a registered charitable organisation that works with individuals and communities in regional and remote areas in Australia to support them to create important social and cultural dialogue

DPM uses the process of contemporary storytelling to genuinely engage and empower participants.We provide the support and tools to allow them to explore local cultural and social issues and tell their story through high quality and relevant mediums.

We work with elders, young people, community leaders and local service providers to ensure every program is relevant, engaging and appropriate to their needs and those of their communities, and driven by local people and agencies.

One of our favourite quotes, which has been spoken by visual artist, activist and academic Lilla Watson, and which she says was collaboratively written by Aboriginal activists in Queensland in the 1970s, is: ‘If you have come here to help me, you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.’

We believe that OUR cultural liberation as Australian people is bound up with the liberation of the First Nations of Australia. So let us all take responsibility for today, and work together to build a respectful and inclusive Australian culture that we can all be proud of!

Toby Finlayson
Creative Director