ANTaR‘s mission is to “engage, educate and mobilize a broad community movement to advocate for justice, rights and respect for Australia’s First Peoples.”
The organization strives to garner support for major social justice challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. ANTaR focuses on changing the behavior and attitudes of the Australian people to respect the Indigenous people’s culture and rights across all societal sections.
ANTaR supports causes that deal with health, cultural heritage, reconciliation, justice, native title and land rights, and racism issues.
The foundation works alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as organizations that guide campaign initiatives and priorities. The ANTaR foundation supports:
Some of the ANTaR’s most significant projects include:
The foundation organized and ran this event in which businesses, schools, and sports clubs took part by hosting fun activities like dinner parties or BBQs. The goal behind the activity is to advocate health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.
The Sea of Hands has been a symbol of solidarity between non-Indigenous Australians and First Nations people. The project involves businesses, schools, universities, organizations, and community groups installing colorful hands to recreate an iconic design that toured Australia from 1998 to 1999. Since then, the Sea of Hands has been an important tool to help students engage with reconciliation and help mark events like Reconciliation Week.
Survival Day, 26 January 1788, is commemorated with a range of events organized by the ANTaR. It is not a celebrated day but instead used to recognize First Nations people’s survival and mourn everything they lost. The day is there to bring all Australians together.
The foundation drew up a pledge to protect the cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. ANTaR calls upon all Australian governments to recognize that the cultural heritage of First Nations people is inherent to Australia’s national identity and move towards ensuring that First Nations people are in control of their cultural heritage.
ANTaR Foundation was launched in 1997. Since then, it has been working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and organizations and leaders. The main focus is on reconciliation and rights issues.
Because injustices and social inequality continue to exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the ANTaR Foundation’s work is critical.