Northern Australia

The Northern Australia Program supports Traditional Owners to re-establish the cultural and natural resource management practices of “caring fo...

The Northern Australia Program supports Traditional Owners to re-establish the cultural and natural resource management practices of “caring for country” and building a culture-based economy. This includes the recognition and valuing of ecosystem services including traditional fire management, Indigenous-led tourism and the arts, and backing programs to secure inter-generational transmission of traditional knowledge, values and languages. Most of our grantmaking has focussed on the Wet Tropics and Cape York of Northern Queensland, the Gulf of Carpenteria, in Arnhem Land and the Kimberleys.

In recent years there has been substantial growth in private philanthropy in Australia, and a growing commitment among Australia’s institutions to take seriously the vision and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples. For this reason it has been possible for Christensen to co-fund most of our activities with Australian institutions, and to develop jointly a new approach to enable the energy and commitment of Indigenous Australians to contribute long term to the natural and cultural heritage of this region.

In 2015 The Christensen Fund began its transition out of this region by consolidating its support around specific Indigenous-led organizations in the region focusing on “caring for country” and building a culture-based economy . We are therefore no longer seeking or accepting requests for new grants in Northern Australia.

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