Wear it Blak

Adding earrings or t-shirt to your cart at Trading Blak is about more than just snapping up an original item for a good deal.

For the 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owners that make up the platform, what you choose to buy and who you make purchases from has power.

Power to put decision-making and control over culture in the hands of First Nations creators, as well as building leadership and sustainable wealth for communities.

Trading Blak formed to create a safe and transparent space to educate, inform and support not only Indigenous-owned and run businesses but also those who wish to support Blak businesses whether that be economically or through engagement.

“Without transparency, businesses trading in culture cannot be held accountable,” says Trading Blak Partner, Kiya Watt, a Menang, Gnudju, and Noongar artist and entrepreneur.

“This is a vital movement needed to stamp out cultural exploitation.”

The goal is to see Blak businesses at the forefront of and in control of First Nations cultures – and that consumers are likewise savvy, empowered and informed enough to know the importance of buying Blak.

Part of this education is encouraging people to find out if they’re buying from a business that is Indigenous-owned, non-Indigenous with Blak inclusion, or neither.

“I believe Trading Blak is a huge step forward to real reconciliation,” says Kiya.

“We are leaders, we don’t need to be led.”

Trading Blak operates an online store so you can shop with confidence, knowing all brands are Aboriginal-owned, and drives the campaign Wear It Black Wednesdays.

Every Wednesday, wear or share something you have purchased from a Blak business.

Visit the shop at tradingblak.shop and explore #wearitblakwednesday on social media.

#wearitblakwednesday is a practical action to make sure cultural protection = economic development and cultural empowerment.


Purchase Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander art or products only from Indigenous-owned businesses.

Call out exploitation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, culture, people and businesses

Every Wednesday #wearitblakwednesday, wearing or sharing something you have purchased from a Blak business.

Find more stories in the October 2021 edition of Reconciliation News.

Image of Sacred Land socks.

Image of Sacred Land socks. Photo: Trading Blak.

Image of Gillawarra Arts 'Biggest Mob Earrings'.

Image of Gillawarra Arts ‘Biggest Mob Earrings’. Photo: Trading Blak.

Image of Blak Birthing Affirmations.

Image of Blak Birthing Affirmations. Photo: Trading Blak.

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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