The contributions and achievements of Indigenous role models continue to make substantial impacts upon our history in areas such as the arts, sport, education, science and more increasingly; the world of Politics. Modern Australia is recognising and celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal people more than ever before, where the social landscape is changing (albeit slowly) as a result. The gradual change of peoples ingrained preconceptions, unfounded ideas and prejudiced notions are being challenged and ultimately transformed.
Recognized not only on the national level, Senator Nova Peris has displayed her strength and courage on the worlds stage, cementing her place in history.
Nova Peris was born in Darwin …show more content…
Through her athletics career it was noted that both herself and legendary athlete Cathy Freeman would compare abusive notes where she stated “In a couple of the letters I 'd had, they 'd made reference to Cathy and myself. They were nasty. They made references to quite derogatory language. It most definitely helped to talk to someone else. It 's a horrible thing to go through, people judging you for your colour." (Baker, 2015, p. 1). With all her struggles, Peris has used these setbacks to define her character and career, further enhancing her drive to …show more content…
Through campaigning for equal rights and fairer treatment surrounding cultural heritage, traditions and freedoms, Peris has maintained a consistent display of advocacy across may topical issues; where she has established herself a powerful voice for change. To this day, Peris uses her status to inspire Indigenous youth, particularly females to adopt any lost sense of traditional identity and provides inspiration for them where she encourages them to take pride in who they are, what they can accomplish, and what they represent; where she states “I want all Australians to learn about the true history of this country, and the significant journey we have ahead of us all to make this right!” (IndigenousX, 2014, p. 1). Peris has proven that she has a strength of voice in addressing Aboriginal disadvantage on a Federal, State and Local level, where she has helped to deliver more than 100 health and education checks across remote communities Australia-wide and has worked to establish the innovative Nova Peris Girls Academy (NGPA), which focuses on keeping Aboriginal Girls’ engaged with education. (Korff, 2015, p.
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Summary of Text: ‘The Redfern Address’ is a speech that was given to a crowd made up of mainly indigenous Australians at the official opening of the United Nations International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in Redfern Park, New South Wales. This text deals with many of the challenges that have been faced by Indigenous Australians over time, while prompting the audience to ask themselves, ‘How would I feel?’ Throughout the text, Keating challenges the views of history over time, outlines some of the outrageous crimes committed against the Indigenous community, and praises the indigenous people on their contribution to our nation, despite the way they have been treated.
The Australian Aborigines society is relatively well known in Western society. They have been portrayed accurately and inaccurately in media and film. Dr. Langton has attempted to disprove common myths about the infamous Australian society, as has her predecessors, the Berndt’s, and National Geographic author, Michael Finkel; I will attempt to do the same.
Australia is a very unique place, along with our multiculturalism there is also a strong heritage surrounding us. At first thought of Australian heritage we think about such landmarks as Uluru, The Sydney harbour bridge and The Sydney opera house, The Great Barrier reef and other internationally recognised places. But our heritage goes much deeper than that; it is far more than outstanding icons. Along with these icons there are also unsung places like the old cattle stations, Aboriginal missions, migrant hostels, War memorials, our unique wetlands and the towns and cities we have built. Adding all of these things together, helps to tell the story of who we are and how we have shaped this land in the unique identity it has today.
The text discusses issues of racism, strength, and resilience and the reader maybe able to relate to these topics evens if they have not personally experienced them. The discussion of counter-history teaches us that there are always two sides to a story. Overall, Maybe Tomorrow demonstrates the need to value Indigenous knowledge and voice. In order to become a stronger nation, Australian people must recognize their strengths and weaknesses. Boori explains that the biggest weakness is the lack of recognition of Aboriginal people in Australia (Pryor et al., 2010, p. 174). It is important to recognize progress of accepting Indigenous culture and history, and we are slowly getting to the point where we need to be. With continued progress, Australia will be at a point of full acceptance and recognition of Indigenous people and their
Ancient Aboriginals were the first people to set foot on the Australian continent, over 40,000 years or more before Colonization (Eckermann, 2010). They survived by hunting and gathering their food, worshipping the land to protect its resources, and ensuring their survival. The aboriginal community had adapted to the environment, building a strong framework of social, cultural, and spiritual beliefs (Eckermann, 2010).
Indigenous Australian’s health has been a focal point and topic of interest for many members of the government and policy markers. The reasoning for why this topic has been of popular interest for the government and policy makers is due to the startling and atrocious lack of health that Indigenous Australian’s suffer. Indigenous Australian’s are disadvantaged in the Australian healthcare system and have the poorest health out of all Australians. “Between 2004 and 2008, 66% of Indigenous deaths occurred before the age of 65 compared with 20% of non-Indigenous deaths.” (Red Dust, p.1) Indigenous Australian’s experience this major disadvantage and neglect in the Australian society due to the poor health care system and policies that haven’t been able to solve the issue. This essay will explore the significant and negative impact on the Indigenous communities and how policy decisions have impacted and continue to impact the Indigenous communities. This essay will also outline why there have been significant policy shifts over time, the current issues in delivering services to Indigenous Australian’s and why these issues have emerged.
Struggles by Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people for recognition of their rights and interests have been long and arduous (Choo & Hollobach 2003:5). The ‘watershed’ decision made by the High Court of Australia in 1992 (Mabo v Queensland) paved the way for Indigenous Australians to obtain what was ‘stolen’ from them in 1788 when the British ‘invaded’ (ATSIC:1988). The focus of legislation in the past w...
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The history of Australia is intertwined with the cultural practices of Aboriginal communities. Indigenous communities such as the Wurundjeri are considered the original inhabitants of Australia (West and Murphy, 2010). Their role and contribution was thus significant in the social, economic and political growth and development of Australia. The Wurundjeri people once inhabited present day Melbourne (Wheeler, 2008). Aboriginal communities such as the Wurundjeri have little participation in the running of modern day Australia. This essay examines the plight of the Wurundjeri people in contemporary Australian society, as representatives of the Aboriginal communities. The discussion focuses on the level of their social, economic and political participation
Since the time of federation the Aboriginal people have been fighting for their rights through protests, strikes and the notorious ‘day of mourning’. However, over the last century the Australian federal government has generated policies which manage and restrained that of the Aboriginal people’s rights, citizenships and general protection. The Australian government policy that has had the most significant impact on indigenous Australians is the assimilation policy. The reasons behind this include the influences that the stolen generation has had on the indigenous Australians, their relegated rights and their entitlement to vote and the impact that the policy has had on the indigenous people of Australia.
Aboriginal women are currently facing many challenges and working towards reclaiming their lives, rights and roles lost. Historically, Aboriginal women played a large role in their communities including caregivers, producers of food and protectors of land as well they held many leadership roles (Shepard, O’Neill and Guenette, 2006, p. 228). The affects of colonization and residential schools have torn some of these roles from Aboriginal women, as a patriarchy system was pushed on them (Shepard et al., 2006, p. 230). Presently, women all over the world are fighting for gender equality. However, although we share a common goal it cannot be over looked that each woman is facing different challenges on the road to gender equality. Gerber (2014) argues that to this day Aboriginal women “are disadvantaged first as Aboriginals (race), second as Indians (ethnicity and third as women (gender)” (p.122). Therefore, Aboriginal women are facing their own unique set of challenges.
History tells that Indigenous Australians have faced extreme hardships and struggles, and until now students are still effected by a lack of belonging and identity, and poverty (Dockett, Mason & Perry, 2006). Issues which result of poor numbers in schools and ultimately hardships later in life in terms of employment, further study and personal identity. However, is it fair to say that Indigenous Australian students are disadvantaged by their culture because of a different way of life and belief systems? Possibly explaining reasons behind students experiencing a short lived time in the educational system because they are being encouraged and urged to attend schools which are out of their