AbCF acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work and live and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging and celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of all Communities. AbCF acknowledges, respects and honours Indigenous peoples vital role in caring for country in the past and stress the importance of this continued practice into the future.
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AbCF was established in 2010 as a not-for-profit company. We acknowledge our founding Directors Kumantjayi (Tracker) Tilmouth, David (Rossy) Ross and Allan Cooney, who had a vision to empower mob, and whose pioneering work we continue today.
We are made up of predominantly First Nations professionals who work alongside non-Indigenous allies – all equally passionate about building economic independence on Aboriginal lands, nurturing Indigenous projects taking care of country, and supporting Traditional Owner groups to live and work on country for the social and emotional health and wellbeing of mob and empowering First Nations people and raising up the next generation of Indigenous leaders to create a better future for mob.
Since our inception, we are proud to have worked on numerous projects that have had a direct and positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal community groups. We are always searching for new ways to connect and innovate with First Nations peoples.
AbCF is a specialised team of predominantly First Nations and community development experts whose passion lies in creating a better future for Indigenous peoples across the country. We are driven to create a new world of opportunities for Traditional Owners, Elders and community members – while also utilising cultural lore, knowledge and practices.
Our combined knowledge and expertise is utilised to empower and uplift First Nations communities across the country to fulfill their aspirations and dreams for community and country.
Many of these opportunities have led us to successful partnerships with Traditional Owner groups utilising the Cultural Carbon Credit – creating community prosperity and wellbeing.
We are based across three states: Our CEO Rowan Foley is based on Mparntwe country in Alice Springs. Our team also operates on Gimuy country in Cairns working extensively throughout Cape York and in the Eora Nation with Gadigal peoples. Our Patron Marcia Langton heads up an amazing Board of Directors who have supported us every step of the way.
Most importantly, we are supported by a multitude of Traditional Owners, Elders and community mob around the country along with First Nations people around the world who have thrown their support behind the empowerment work we are doing. Together we are creating a new way of doing things that honours and empower First Nations peoples culture, lore and knowledges.
Empowering Traditional Owners and other First Nations groups while building capacity through implementing carbon projects that demonstrate environmental, social, and cultural benefits.
AbCF utilises a range of innovative initiatives – connecting with Traditional Owners, Elders and ranger groups to build on their innate cultural capabilities to take care of country and use these skills to build economic independence for mob. As a not-for-profit organisation dedication to the empowerment of First Nations mobs, any revenue gained from these endeavours is cycled back into the Aboriginal communities we serve through a range of services and resources.
Underpinning all the work we do, is a commitment to improving the social and emotional health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities and creating communities of mob with enough economic independence to pursue their own dreams and goals and be self-sufficient and self-sustaining.
AbCF aims to close the gap in the deep disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
We aim to build deep connections with First Nations peoples and empower them – through a range of training, support and resource building initiatives – to achieve their aspirations for their community and country.
One of the methods we employ occurs through utilising Carbon farming credits and other First Nations-led nature repair initiatives like cultural burns.
We aim to build capacity and support First Nations groups who are already engaged in taking care of country.
We proudly boast a strong culture of innovation and collaboration – placing Aboriginal culture, community, and lore at the forefront of everything we do. Our entire ethos is centred around Aboriginal knowledge, science and technology in the application of taking care of country for future generations. We take risks and invest in development of cultural carbon and fire projects and services that benefit Indigenous peoples and communities and address climate change. We seek cultural collaborations with other Indigenous organisations, carbon companies, non-government organisations (NGOs), conservation and environmental organisations and universities and government agencies.
Our Aboriginal ancestors were some of the earliest pioneers of science and technology, and AbCF takes our lead from our first innovators. Our CEO Rowan Foley developed the concept of the Cultural Fire Credit in collaboration with the Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation (Firesticks). The establishment of the Cultural Fire Credit has provided an innovative solution and way forward for Indigenous-led, sustainably-financed Cultural Burning practices applied throughout the country. We are particularly proud of our nationally accredited Carbon Farming Training course that has led to countless opportunities for First Nations people living and working on country. The direct impact this has had on mob is undeniable – many have been able to country for the first time; the creation of ranger positions working on country and a significant increase in cultural knowledge transmission. The result is that Aboriginal communities are much better placed to be able to manage and self-determine their own community affairs.
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