September 10, Updated: March 23, Eight of the key issues that are of greatest concern for Aboriginal people in Canada are complex and inexorably intertwined - so much so that government, researchers, policy makers and Aboriginal leaders seem hamstrung by the enormity. It is hard to isolate just one issue as being the worst. The Indian Act greatly contributes to these eight issues and more.
It was created to ensure an ongoing, national monitoring agency for the human rights of Indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples, non-government organisations and governments have come to expect rigorous analysis and fierce advocacy for the promotion and protection of Indigenous human rights by Contemporary aboriginal issues Social Justice Commissioner and this will continue during my term as it did with past Social Justice Commissioners.
The Social Justice Commissioner is tasked with a range of significant Contemporary aboriginal issues in promoting acceptance of and compliance with the human rights of Indigenous peoples. Specifically, the Commissioner is required to: Prepare the annual Social Justice Report to the Federal Parliament; Prepare an annual report on the impact of the Native Title Act Cth on the exercise and enjoyment of human rights by Indigenous peoples the Native Title Report ; Promote awareness and discussion of the human rights of Indigenous peoples; Undertake research and educational programs for the purposes of promoting respect for, and exercise and enjoyment of, human rights by Indigenous peoples; and Examine and report on laws and proposed laws at any level of government to ascertain whether they recognise and protect Indigenous peoples" human rights.
I have taken up the position of Social Justice Commissioner at a time of great uncertainty for Indigenous peoples.
As we are all aware there are significant changes underway in the approach of the federal government to Indigenous affairs. The changes will leave the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission HREOCand specifically the position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, as one of very few mechanisms remaining that are able to independently monitor the activities of governments from a national perspective.
In light of current events, the need for a Social Justice Commissioner has never been stronger. As I discuss in detail in the Social Justice Report, the abolition of ATSIC and the movement to new arrangements for designing policy and delivering programs and services to Indigenous peoples raise many challenges for governments at all levels.
It has the potential to impact significantly on the enjoyment of human rights by Indigenous peoples by either leading to improved performance and outcomes by government, or by undermining the enjoyment of human rights by Indigenous peoples.
The existence of an independent monitoring agency specifically tasked with establishing the impact of governmental activity on the ability of Indigenous peoples to enjoy their human rights is essential in this climate.
My functions, as set out above, means that my activities as Commissioner will be a mix of reactive and proactive measures.
Where significant human rights issues are raised by an event in the community or action or decision by government, the Social Justice Commissioner will respond to it.
This is particularly where situations arise that may involve significant or systemic breaches of Indigenous peoples human rights. However, I hope that the majority of my work will not be dictated by a need to respond to abuses of Indigenous peoples" human rights.
I proactively engage in emerging debates and issues to promote best practice and celebrate success, as well as set out a forward looking agenda to address potential breaches of Indigenous peoples" human rights before they happen.
The challenge of protecting the human rights of Indigenous peoples Social justice is about making sure that every Australian - Indigenous and non-Indigenous - has choices about how they live and the means to make those choices.
Social justice is grounded in the practical, day-to-day realities of life. It"s about waking up in a house with running water and proper sanitation; offering our children an education that helps them develop their potential and respect their culture. It is the prospect of satisfying employment and good health.
Social justice also means recognising the distinctive rights that Indigenous Australians hold as the original peoples of this land, including: The right to a distinct status and culture, which helps maintain and strengthen the identity and spiritual and cultural practices of Indigenous communities The right to self-determination, which is a process where Indigenous communities take control of their future and decide how they will address the issues facing them The right to land, which provides the spiritual and cultural basis of Indigenous communities.
As Social Justice Commissioner, my role is to monitor the ability of Indigenous peoples to enjoy their human rights. As this is the touchstone for my work, it is important to make some general comment about current debates about human rights.
It is unfortunate that we currently live in a time in which human rights are seen by some as either well intentioned platitudes; distractions from the real issues at hand; good in principle but difficult to implement in practice; or even by some as the cause of problems that we currently face in our society.
People who criticise governments on human rights grounds have been dismissed for focusing on "symbolic" or unimportant issues, while the government gets about the business of dealing with the real or "practical" issues being faced in the community. And when push comes to shove, human rights have even been blamed for the failures of governments over successive decades.
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|Challenges facing the Indigenous community today||Many Indigenous people have overcome great hurdles to achieve great things for their communities and for Australia as a whole. However, there are still many Indigenous people who are disadvantaged in our country.|
In Indigenous affairs, for example, we have been told that it is precisely because of commitments to human rights such as the right to self-determination that Indigenous peoples continue to suffer unequal conditions of life today.
It is a great tragedy that those who suffer most from the lack of understanding of human rights are those who are worst off in our society. Indigenous people, for example, are continually blamed and subject to community anger for the lack of improvement in our social and economic conditions.
But for Indigenous peoples, such commitments have been made for thirty plus years. The reality is that Indigenous people still suffer at the hands of such good will.
Good will alone does not improve livelihoods. I am very strongly of the view that individual responsibility is critical for people to be empowered and to achieve lasting improvements in their social conditions. But I also believe that for too long we have let governments off the hook for the lack of improvement in the conditions in which our communities live.
Effective and sustainable change will only occur with the empowerment of Indigenous peoples to identify issues and solutions and to do this in partnership with governments at all levels. Human rights and social justice - issues for the Redfern-Waterloo Authority Today I would like to talk about human rights and social justice in relation to an issue that directly affects the Redfern-Waterloo community - the establishment of the NSW government"s Redfern-Waterloo Authority RWA.
First I would like to say that this talk isn"t designed to take on the RWA but instead talk about human rights standards and social justice issues that you should expect the RWA to meet. Some of these standards relate to:Order Back Issues; Digital Editions (Flipster) Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia” is on view at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., through Sunday, September 9.
demonstrate a critical awareness of contemporary social, legal and political issues for Indigenous Australians with respect to self-determination, human rights and identity Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a .
Challenges facing the Indigenous community today, Indigenous people today, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, SOSE, Year 6, WA Challenges facing the Indigenous community today The Indigenous society in Australia has suffered greatly in the past. Many Indigenous people have overcome great hurdles to achieve great things for their communities and for Australia as a whole.
To develop students' knowledge of diversity of the contemporary social and political situations in Australia which impact on Aboriginal peoples.
Course content Students will develop broad understanding and knowledge of historical and contemporary issues that have and still impact on Aboriginal peoples. Eight of the key issues that impact Aboriginal people in Canada are complex and inexorably intertwined and the powers that be are hamstrung by the enormity.
Understanding these issues is an important component to reconciliation. 8 key issues for Aboriginal people in Canada.
September 10, Eight of the key issues that impact Aboriginal people in Canada are complex and inexorably intertwined and the powers that be are hamstrung by the enormity.
Understanding these issues is an important component to reconciliation.