One of the most glaring social issues in Australia is suicide in young indigenous people, where the incident rates are among the highest in the entire world.
After a young man committed suicide in Lajamanu, a community one thousand kilometres from Darwin, in 2005, the elders took matters into their own hands. What began as a festival celebrating belonging and acceptance has grown into a phenomenon endorsed by Nick Cave and countless fellow Australian activists.
Endorsed by Nick Cave, Black Dog Institute and indigenous elders across the country, the Kurdiji team needs your help taking their ideals into the digital age.
The set up a festival called Milpirri that celebrates local traditions and puts a strong emphasis on fostering a sense of belonging in the community; something that’s been pushed to the limits by the relocation and the all round abuse and mistreatment of Australia’s indigenous people over the last 250 odd years.
The team that set up the festival are now looking to bring the sentiment of community, and that of every life mattering, into the digital age by creating an app. Based on stories, ceremonies and law, the app—like the festival—hopes to reduce the alarming suicide rate by reinforcing the sense of belonging in young indigenous Australians. And, they need your help to get the project off the ground. Take it away, Mr Nick Cave:
“With Aboriginal people committing suicide on an unprecedented scale, a group of elders are creating a suicide prevention app based on ceremony, story and law. Join them in fighting for the lives of young Aboriginal people and let’s show the Aboriginal Australia we believe in them.”