Canvas3 is a social justice innovator. We work in the health, justice and education sectors and believe that serious social problems can be solved by facilitating a community-led approach.
Our tailor-made recruitment campaigns and engagement strategies are designed to deliver real and lasting outcomes, focusing on workforce development and integration, on-boarding and induction, diversity and program development.
We enable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, developing programs that connect stakeholders with the community and help support disadvantaged youth.
We focus on social and emotional health and well-being through the integration of programs that directly address intergenerational trauma resulting from the loss of identity and culture.
Canvas acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website makes every effort to respect cultural traditions. Indigenous readers are advised that it may contains images or names of people who have passed away.
For too long, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been over-represented in custody and on community-based orders.
They have been subject to increased rates of recidivism, mental illness and death in custody.
During this time, well-intended initiatives have failed, with key recommendations either overlooked or bogged down in red tape.
We believe that to fix our broken system, we need to take a new approach.
We know from experience that the real solutions lie within local communities themselves. And that prioritising humanity over bureaucracy delivers better outcomes for everyone.
So we’re advocating for governments to think again. And to accept that for real progress to be made, we need to do things differently.
We want to change the way Australia manages the incarceration of its First Peoples.
Australia is in the middle of a humanitarian crisis.
Ten years after National Sorry Day and almost three decades since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report , the rate of Indigenous incarceration is the highest it has ever been.
Since 2004, the number of Aboriginal Australians in jail has increased by 88%. Over half of Australian children in custody are Indigenous, yet the Indigenous population in Australian is only 3%.
It’s also expensive. Every year, Australia spends over $8 billion locking up Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people.
A further $30 billion is directed towards Aboriginal programs that are supposed to improve lives and close the gap.
But it’s not working.
Community empowerment, representative leadership, and economic development are part of the solution.