Alcohol and drug related harms occur across Australian society, but we know that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience a high level of these harms as a consequence of generational trauma.
Following dispossession of culture, language, land, traditional roles and food sources, as well as disruption of traditional family structures and networks, alcohol and other drugs have been used to relieve inter-generational pain.
More broadly, post colonisation history has shaped patterns of alcohol and drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through access to, and promotion of, these substances.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has a role and a responsibility to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities through reducing the harms relating to alcohol and drugs.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan for 2014-15 aims to raise awareness and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.
We continue to work to ensure the Indigenous community are prioritised across the delivery of our programs and the conduct of our business.