In 2018, the rate at which Māori babies were removed from their families was four times the rate for the rest of the New Zealand population.
Last week's attempted removal of a newborn Māori baby from his family highlights the issue that indigenous children are much more likely to be taken into state care, in New Zealand and other countries.
Many remote Indigenous communities are not connected to the electrical grid and produce their own electricity using diesel generators.
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A new federal program aims to reduce diesel-dependency in remote Indigenous communities. But are these communities able to do this on their own terms?
The Coalition government has rejected the Uluru Statement’s call for an Indigenous voice to Parliament, just one of many disappointments for Indigenous peoples.
Some of the Coalition government's initiatives on women and Indigenous issues have been more successful than others. Labor is promising much more.
A steel wall along the U.S. border near Tecate, California, cuts across Mount Cuchame, a site sacred to the Kumeyaay people.
The U.S-Mexico border runs through Native American territories. A wall would further divide these communities, separating children from schools, farmers from water and families from each other.
The challenge on Indigenous rights is to achieve reform that goes beyond limited understandings of these issues as being symbolic or practical.
Instead of paying lip service to promoting Indigenous Australians' rights as First Nations, the next federal government should be guided by the Uluru Statement from the Heart to make real progress.
‘American Progress’ by John Gast.
Progress, in historical terms, has so often meant clearing places of their native inhabitants – both human and non-human.
Neither of the two federal investigations into fish deaths in the Darling River include any Indigenous representation.
Rio Tinto’s mineral sands mine near Richards Bay, north of Durban. Plans for similar operation in the Xolobeni region south of Durban have been resisted by the local community.
Mathias Rittgerott/Rettet den Regenwald
Australia's government can do more to ensure Australian mining companies do no harm in pursuit of Africa's mineral wealth.
People march against pipelines in Smithers, B.C. in May 2014.
Francois Depey/Office of the Wet'suwet'en
The We'suwet'en First Nation is fighting the Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which would stretch nearly 700 kilometres across northern B.C. through their unceded land.
It is a national shame that Indigenous people make up 2% of the general population, but 28% of the prison population.
Indigenous Australians are vastly over-represented in the prison population, but the success of a new program is offering hope that it can be turned around.
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, receive a “hongi,” a traditional Māori welcome, from Māori elders on the lawns of Government House in Wellington, New Zealand in October 2018. In New Zealand, Māori elect members to parliament from designated Māori constituencies – and the right to participate offers more than the ‘duty to consult’ in Canada.
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
In New Zealand, sovereignty is disputed, but the Maori case for sharing it with settlers underscores the limits of First Nations consultation in Canada.
An elder speaks at a rally against black deaths in custody in Sydney in May 2018.
The Australian justice system must do more to acknowledge the colonial system on which it is built, which inherently privileges whiteness.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a separate day to celebrate Indigenous Australians.
It was a week that saw the ABC's managing director and the chair of its board go, with many questions still to be answered; meanwhile Scott Morrison gave the ongoing controversy over Australia Day a new lease of life.
Protestors rally in Sydney after a court rejected a possible retrial bid in the Bowraville murder case.
The NSW Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that a man cannot be retried for the murders of two Indigenous children – a major blow to families of the victims in a nearly 30-year-old case.
A river dike on the Rio Nil near El Asintal, Guatemala.
(Consejo de Comunidades en Defensa del Ambiente del Municipio de El Asintal)
Increased use of renewable energies could help curb climate change, but the water required for their production has dispossessed rural Guatemalans.
Protesters opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline extension demonstrate in Vancouver in June 2018.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The ruling against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline project doesn't mean the end of the oil and gas industry in Canada. Other projects and approaches could go forward.
The committee will review Australia’s compliance with our obligations under the women’s rights treaty.
Australia's record on women's rights will come under scrutiny, including its treatment of Indigenous women and girls, sexual harassment and violence against women.
Cocos Malay photo from the 1910s showing a wedding procession that is still practised today with the groom pictured going to the bride’s house accompanied by members of the community.
Wikimedia Commons/From the book 'Coral reefs and islands' authored by Jones, F. Wood (Frederic Wood), 1879-1954, Published by Lovell Reeve & Co. , Ltd. London. Photo digitized by Smithsonian Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
In the 1800s, a group of Southeast Asians were taken to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, now part of Australia, by an English merchant. Their descendants are seeking Indigenous status from Australia.
Demonstrators protest the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion – and compare Justin Trudeau to Donald Trump – at a gathering in Vancouver on May 29, 2018. The controversy over the pipeline requires a national compromise.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion is fast becoming one of the most divisive issues in Canadian politics in years. Here's how a compromise can be reached.
People listen during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on May 29, 2018. The federal government’s decision to buy the project doesn’t inspire confidence for potential investors eyeing Canada.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The decision of the Canadian government to purchase the $4.5 billion Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project doesn't exactly instil confidence in Canada's investment climate.