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Indigenous Recognition at the UN

As we sat in the halls of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the world’s Indigenous representatives celebrated another significant milestone at the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Chief Oren Lyons, of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs, stood at the podium and reflected on the depth of knowledge that Indigenous peoples bring to the challenges facing our global community. “How do you instruct 7 billion people as to their relationship with Mother Earth?” he…

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Recognising the Achievements of Our Youth

Everyday we are inspired by the achievements of our young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Recognition is not only about the last 40 000 years of our history, but also the  incredible contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today. RECOGNISE THIS would like to acknowledge the wonderful impact our Ambassadors are making in their community and to our nation! Blayke Tatafu from NSW has been selected to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Youth …

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El Salvador Recognises Indigenous Peoples

El Salvador has become the 33rd country in the world to recognise Indigenous Peoples in a founding document of the nation. The Constitution was changed in June 2014 to officially recognise the Indigenous Peoples of the country and compel the Government to support their unique cultural identities, which  have been maintained for over 3000 years. The National Indigenous Salvadoran Coordinating Council (NISCC) welcomed the change saying “These advances in terms of Indigenous rights, are …

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The New Heroes

A friend of mine recently asked what I thought would be different for young Australians the day after a successful referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. I said to him – we would all share a connection to the greatest story on earth. All of us would be connected to the longest unbroken thread of culture on the planet, to a span of human history almost unimaginable in length. The Indigenous story of our country would take its rightful place as the …