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Why do we do what we do?

Australia's Original Nations people suffer huge disadvantages, both culturally and socially. Many Original Nations people continue to feel the effects of generational trauma on a daily basis, critical rates of youth suicide (the highest in the world), low life expectancy, unemployment, cycles of incarceration, isolation and substance abuse. Desert Pea Media is a response to this.

Established in 2002, Desert Pea Media (DPM) is a registered charitable organisation that works with Indigenous young people in regional and remote areas of Australia using contemporary storytelling techniques and audio-visual media to foster important social and cultural dialogue. We work with Elders, young people, community leaders and local service providers to ensure our programs are relevant, engaging and appropriate to the needs of individuals and communities.

Over 17 years DPM has produced over 120 music videos and 17 documentaries for over 80 communities. Our YouTube channel has had over 2.7 million views.

Visual artist, activist and academic Lilla Watson, directly quoting Aboriginal activists from Queensland in the 1970s said ‘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 Original Nations people of Australia. We cannot undo the past, but we can actively contribute to a respectful, truthful, aware, and ultimately positive future, for everyone. So let us all take responsibility, and work together to build an inclusive Australian culture that we can be proud of.

Toby Finlayson
CEO/Creative Director