Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
After more than two decades of drafting, an overwhelming majority of States voted in 2007 at the General Assembly to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP). Australia, originally one of the four countries to vote against the Declaration, has since reversed its position. This closed one-day symposium brings together stakeholders from government, industry, academia and legal practice to explore the possibilities and challenges of implementing the Declaration's standards in Australia's public and private sectors, legislation, jurisprudence and regulatory institutions.
The symposium is jointly hosted by the ANU College of Law and the ANU National Centre for Indigenous Studies, and will be held at Parliament House in Canberra.
Getting ready for the Referendum: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution
The Gillard government has committed to holding a referendum on constitutional 'recognition' of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples before or at the next federal election. This is an extremely rare opportunity to change a Constitution which offers inadequate protection for Australian citizens from being discriminated against on the basis of race.
The symposium sessions will include
- Amending the Australian Constitution & Information on Preambles
- Equality/Non-Discrimination Proposals & Indigenous-Specific Proposals.
Third annual Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture: Professor Mick Dodson
Reconciliation and the issues that shape contemporary Aboriginal and Australian experience was the focus of the third annual Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture, which was held at The University of Notre Dame Australia's Broome Campus.
This year's key speaker was Professor Mick Dodson – 2009's Australian of the Year and a prominent and long-serving advocate of land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Professor Dodson shared his views on the state of reconciliation and delivered his analysis on the results of the second biennial Reconciliation. Using the theme of education for his lecture, Professor Dodson said a mutual understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians was crucial to achieving Reconciliation.
“I see the tangible steps towards Reconciliation as being – increased access to education, boosting life expectancy, and closing the gap in employment outcomes,” Professor Dodson said.
Reflecting on the importance of positive self-image, Professor Dodson said the way Indigenous students saw themselves, and were seen by non-Indigenous people, could impact upon their education and employment. “Learning, as I understand it, is a life-long process; you build on what you have learned and make it stronger,” he said.
Currently a visiting scholar at Notre Dame's Broome Campus, Professor Dodson said he was honoured to attend the lecture and speak on the issues which had shaped his life and career.
Public lecture: Professor John Maynard
A ride through time – Allan Martin Lecture 2010
Professor John Maynard's 2010 Allan Martin Lecture will reflect upon his journey to The Australian National University as a mature age student, and will argue that an Indigenous perspective on Australian history and its practice is of critical importance. Exploring the concept of time travel as a metaphor for history, Professor Maynard will highlight his latest work on early Aboriginal political mobilisation during the 1920s and consider the present-day significance of these findings in the continued contested climate of Australian history today.
Professor John Maynard is Professor of Indigenous Studies and Director of the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle. He is an Australian Research Council post-doctoral fellow and the Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). He is a Worimi man of the Port Stephens region in New South Wales. He was the recipient of the Aboriginal History (ANU) Stanner Fellowship for 1996 and the New South Wales Premiers Indigenous History Fellowship for 2003. He gained his PhD in 2003 examining the rise of early Aboriginal political activism. John was a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association 2000-2002, Council Member with the Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council (IHEAC) 2006-2008 and NSW History Council 2006-2008. He has worked with and within many Aboriginal communities urban, rural and remote. He is the author of four books including Aboriginal Stars of the Turf (2002) and Fight for Liberty and Freedom (2007). He was recently the recipient of the University of Newcastle's Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award (2009) for Fight for Liberty and Freedom.
Allan Martin (1926-2002) was an intellectual, institutional, and social pioneer whose career as a historian spanned the second half of the 20th Century. When most Australians went to England for their postgraduate work, he chose ANU, where he was the first doctoral student in History in the Research School of Social Sciences. He accepted the Foundation chair in History at LaTrobe University in 1966 and returned to RSSS as a senior fellow in 1973.
in dialogue with the Native Americans
This is the fourth ANU Dialogue in the Indigenous Peoples of the World lecture series. Successful Dialogues have been held between Indigenous Australians (2003), the Maori people of New Zealand (2004) and the Saami people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia (2005). The Dialogue series brings together representatives of the international community to discuss with selected academics, both from our own institution and others, issues that are important for all of us to understand.
A poetry reading with Mapuche poets from Chile
Jaime Luis Huenón and Roxana Miranda Rupailaf
The Mapuche indigenous people of southern Chile represent the largest ethnic group in the country. Today, despite the introduction of the Indigenous Law in 1993, Mapuche lands remain vulnerable to development.
Contemporary poets compose in their native Mapudungun and Spanish. Here is a sample of one of the leading Mapuche poets' writing today:
Jaime Luis Huenón
I got off in the fog of Port Trakl,
searching for the Bar of Good Fortune
to chat about my trip.
But everyone was mesmerized by the polar stars in their drinks,
silent like the sea off a desert island.
I went out to roam the red-lit streets.
Perfumed and bored women, selling their tired bodies.
«In Port Trakl poets come to die», they said,
smiling in all the languages of the world.
I gave them poems I planned to take to my grave
as proof of my time on Earth.
Translation by Daniel Borzutzky.
in dialogue with the Saami people
This is the third ANU Dialogue in the Indigenous Peoples of the World lecture series. The inaugural ANU Dialogue was held in 2003 and focused on Indigenous Australians. The second ANU Dialogue, held in 2004, featured the Maori people of New Zealand. The Dialogue series brings together representatives of the international community to discuss with selected academics, both from our own institution and others, issues that are important for all of us to understand.