Conversation: Indigenous Rights Advocacy – With Dr Jackie Huggins First Nations Leader
To mark International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, August 9, we spoke to Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
Dr Jackie Huggins is a Bidjara (Central Queensland) and Birri-Gubba Juru(North Queensland) woman and a tireless advocate for human rights.
In this interview Dr Huggins talks about her speech to the UN Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues; working within and with the various UN mechanisms, working as a key Indigenous Elder in Australia and her advice to Indigenous women based on many years of advocacy. Click on Link below.
When states and religious denominations developed formal education for indigenous peoples, indigenous cultures, languages and practices were often ignored or discouraged. The education sector is a particular arena that not only mirrors and condenses the historical abuses, discrimination and marginalization suffered by indigenous peoples, but also reflects their continued struggle for equality and respect for their rights as peoples and as individuals.
Efforts should be made to ensure that indigenous peoples have access to education that is culturally and linguistically appropriate and that does not aim at or result in unwanted assimilation.
Learn more about the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: http://bit.ly/idwip16