Original Power


Funding area: Public debate


Original Power is a small community-focused organisation that aims to build the power of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through collective action.

Visit website: originalpower.org.au



2020 Signature Grant, $50,000

Building support for First Nations justice

From deaths in custody, to child removals, land rights and closing the gap, it is clear that there are deep structural barriers to improving the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

These barriers are compounded by a deficit language that is prolific in mainstream media and in white Australia. It’s a language that makes it impossible to share a bigger vision and turns people away from becoming resourceful allies.

Mannifera has supported Original Power (in partnership with Australian Progress) to research and develop a persuasive new narrative to build public and political support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and justice.