National Indigenous Fashion Awards

National Indigenous Fashion Awards

2022 Business Achievement Award

We attended the National Indigenous Fashion Awards (NIFA) on 3rd August 2022 on beautiful Larrakia Country in Darwin. We were incredibly proud that our CEO and Co-founder, Gunditjmara woman, Laura Thomspon was awarded this year's 2022 Buisness Achievement Award. This award recogisies leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business, showing both creative and commercial success in textiles and fashion.

"I didn't know anyone that owned a business. Now for my kids and grannies, they have me, and so many people here. They can see the opportunity in business to self-determine their own futures so we don't have to wait for funding." 
Laura Thompson (Gunditjmara)  - CEO and Co-Founder

CTG a hub of Indigenous employment

We currently have 36 employees which 32 are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. In our 2020-2021 financial year, we created over 9,000 hours of employment for mob. 

We don't employ First Nation's people to give ourselves a pat on the back and celebrate the good we've done. We employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people because we know they are the best people for the job. 

Our aim is to create a safe Blak space, and we love hearing our team share how important it is to them that they get to walk in to a space where their culture is celebrated every day, and that the are working alongside other mob in every shift. 

Spending time on Larrika Country has been incredible!

It started with Indigenous Fashion Projects Country to Couture Runway, we then celerbrated Blak excellence in fashion at the National Indigenous Fashion Awards and now we get to experience the talented Indigenous artists at the Darwin Arts Fair. 

We sell merch with a message that starts conversations and we have been spolit in Darwin with so much wearable art on display that tells stories and celebrates 65000+ years of First Nation history and culture. 

When you support Blak business it allows us to determine our own futures. We have seen so many examples of this during our stay in Darwin.

Shout out to another Aboriginal social enterprise House of Darwin, they were kind enough to share their office space with us and be our tour guides around Darwin, sharing with us their new initiative 'Hoop Dreams In The NT'.

We are feeling positive about the future and influence of Indigenous fashion.

 


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