The way ahead for giving Indigenous Australians an appropriate place in the Constitution is problematic.
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If earlier timetables had been achievable and voters persuadable, we might by now have had same-sex marriage on the statute books and agreement to the recognition of Australia’s First Peoples in the Constitution…
The statement from the constitutional convention at Uluru reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations.
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Indigenous Australians have issued a statement calling for constitutional reform that is substantive and meaningful.
At a demonstration, Faith Bandler (right) and her daughter Lilon (2R) appeal to national unity as grounds for constitutional amendment.
Aboriginal Studies Press
The 1967 referendum was the culmination of a long struggle for both Aboriginal rights and respect, for social esteem as well as equality before the law.
The constitutional convention is the latest step in the long-running debate on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
At Uluru, Indigenous representatives from across Australia will aim to reach consensus on what constitutional recognition means to them.
Painting the 1967 referendum as a ‘success’ in terms of effective reform for Aboriginal people is problematic.
The 1967 referendum fell far short in giving people what they thought they were voting for, and in giving Aboriginal people what they wanted from it.
Eddie Koiki Mabo (left) and Jack Wailu on the Torres Strait island of Mer.
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The Mabo decision changed Australia's concept of land ownership. It was a divisive yet important step toward recognising Indigenous rights and establishing native title.
The royal commission has heard evidence from more than 60 witnesses, including those in youth detention in the Northern Territory.
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The NT youth justice royal commission’s interim report did not deliver any findings or make any recommendations. Nor did it reflect young people’s personal stories.
Almost half of the participants in the Cashless Welfare Card trial said it had made their lives worse.
It’s a mystery why another trial of the Cashless Debit Card is necessary – particularly given how it has led to further economic and social harm among its participants.
The Quiver Tree is also known as Kokerboom and Choje to the indigenous San people of southern Africa.
A new code of conduct for researchers has been developed by the San peoples of southern Africa.
Indigenous games like ‘Honour Water’ can teach Indigenous values and ceremonial practices.
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A strengthening movement of Indigenous designers and developers is working to show Indigenous cultures, teachings, languages and ways of knowing through video games.
A bunch of Khasi children fire-fighters watch on, as the flames erupt in a slash and burn episode.
Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman
In North-east India, children of the Khasi Hills (Meghalaya) learn slash and burn cultivation, an intergenerational yet controversial indigenous practice.
A Mexican who was recently deported from the U.S. in Tijuana, Mexico.
From Chinese laborers to 'bad hombres,' the US settler mentality has perpetuated an immigration system that pushes out unwanted groups and bypasses the Constitution.
Tensions on the bridge.
Standoff over North Dakota pipeline and Chief Sitting Bull's Standing Rock is another broken promise made to Native Americans.
Official data continues to record substantial failures in improving the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
Why, despite substantial spending, do serious difficulties continue to plague efforts to improve Indigenous wellbeing?
There are many factors contributing to Indigenous suicide, occurring in a wide variety of contexts.
A new report recognises that no two Indigenous suicides are identical, then skilfully identifies common themes for informing responses that have the potential to save lives.
From a battle over an oil pipeline in the American mid-west to small Australian communities fighting for survival, Indigenous people are harnessing social media to take their stories global.
Indigenous people make up small percentages of the population in many countries – but using social media, Indigenous voices can be heard worldwide. Here are a dozen deadly Australians worth following.
Australia needs to recapture the urgency felt in the early 20th century about achieving an honourable and just settlement with Indigenous people.
There is a deep connection between past and present in Indigenous affairs in Australia.
In the SBS documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, Peter Garrett traces the history of his grandmother, who worked in the “lock hospitals” as a nurse.
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Hundreds of Aboriginal people were incarcerated on Dorre and Bernier islands for "venereal disease" between 1908 and 1919. The lock hospitals were penal rather than therapeutic institutions.
The format of the ABC program Recognition: Yes or No? is problematic, and the choice of voices particularly so.
The ABC has missed a rare opportunity to deeply engage with the diversity of views among Indigenous Australians about whether and how they should be 'recognised' in the Constitution.
Research shows most Indigenous people feel judged, stereotyped and disregarded by white people.
Indigenous peoples live in societies where their sense of cultural worth is constantly undermined.