National Indigenous Times (NIT) – The National Indigenous Times first hit the streets on February 27, 2002. The paper is staffed and owned by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and we are proud of the dedicated team of predominantly Indigenous Australian writers and columnists who contribute to the publication. It does not, and has never, received Government grants or funding. We continue to rely upon the good will and support of our readers and advertisers and we have continued to adopt a publishing mantra under Editor, Stephen Hagan of publishing without fear or favour.
Amnesty International – Amnesty International is a global movement of over 3 million people committed to defending those who are denied justice or freedom.
STARS is an educational organisation, designed to empower people in Shaping, Transforming And Realising Self.
REPORTS AND ARTICLES
This is ‘Forever Business': A Framework for Maintaining and Restoring Cultural Safety in Aboriginal Victoria
This is Forever Business: A Framework for Maintaining and Restoring Cultural Safety in Aboriginal Victoria is a major policy and research report of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) that builds on two previous projects – the development of the Aboriginal Cultural Competence Framework for the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Victoria and Pringhael Thookanyat (Spirit of Children) The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency Aboriginal Young people Well Being Project Report.
Bringing them home: The ‘Stolen Children’ report (1997)
Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice
Indigenous voices Indigenous places
Social Justice Reports – The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner is required to report annually to the Attorney-General regarding the exercise and enjoyment of human rights by Australia’s Indigenous peoples. This provision also allows the Commissioner to make recommendations as to action that should be taken to ensure such enjoyment.
Face The Facts 2012
Myths are often propagated about some groups of people who live in Australia. These groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse peoples, asylum seekers and refugees.
So, back in 1997, the Commission decided to address these myths with a concise publication which would set out basic facts and figures. That publication is Face the Facts and I am very pleased to say this is its fifth edition.
Face the Facts draws on primary research information from a variety of sources, including laws made by the Australian Parliament, government policies, academic research and statistics gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics including Census data.
Face the Facts is one of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s most successful publications and continues to be its most requested.
This edition will be available exclusively online. There a number of advantages to being online. Firstly, we have found that the vast majority of people access the Commission’s resources online, rather than in hard copy. Secondly, publishing online makes it very easy for us to be able to update the information and therefore keep it current.
While the structure and the format of this 2012 online edition is consistent with previous editions, in order to ensure that Face the Facts remains user friendly and accessible, its contents have been considerably updated.
We have also significantly enhanced the publication to make sure that more relevant topics and more recent issues have been covered. This includes information about the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Australia’s new multicultural policy and research into racism and racial attitudes in Australia.
If you want to look more closely at a particular issue, we have included a list of recommended publications and websites. You can also visit the Commission’s website to find out more information about groups and issues included in Face the Facts.
I hope that you find this edition of Face the Facts to be a useful resource that sheds light on the multifaceted realities of Australia today and one that will help encourage enlightened debate and thinking based on facts.
Dr Helen Szoke
Race Discrimination Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday 13 September 2007, by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine).
Winnipeg, March 8, 2012: As a part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 in Winnipeg, Paul Burrows and Cheryl-Anne Carr discuss the impact of colonialism on the indigenous peoples of Canada and Palestine. The similarities are striking.
Occupy Talks: Indigenous Perspectives on the Occupy Movement
Hand Back of Uluru – Fact Sheet