Eddie Mabo wins his proceedings, Changing everything, we have seen national recognition become almost commonplace at events, and we have witnessed a move towards Aboriginal economic aspirations.
There has been a change in perception from the Aboriginal people, a series of unsolvable disadvantages, to the whole people who have the potential and potential that are now beginning to be realized.
What we have historically seen is a dovehole approach to the consequences of indigenous peoples’ lives. In the early 80’s, the focus was only on education and sending Aboriginal children to school. After that, the focus shifted to employment and then to justice. Royal Commission on the death of indigenous peoples in custody..
Now I’m excited to see (and play a role in) the fundamental changes in how Victoria conceptualizes Aboriginal Victoria and the Aboriginal people. Instead, the focus is on helping Aboriginal people and communities reach their aspirations. Most of this? Add culture and identity to the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework.
Following recent research, two of the most important things for Aboriginal people today are culture and identity. Who are we in the 21st century and how do we relate to the wider community we live in? There was a change in the attitudes of indigenous peoples. Responsibility is no longer provided by the government, but to us as people who act instead. We are now asking ourselves what our potential is and what we are offering to the wider community.
If we move forward as a community, telling the truth should provide an opportunity to better communicate who we are and how Aboriginal society works. The strengths of “us” and how we have survived and supported.
The last thing we want from telling the truth is a story that portrays our history as sorrow and misery. It must be about the positives and uniqueness of the Aboriginal community that can be learned from other parts of Australia.
The big problem when telling the truth comes to the forefront is based on self-determination and realization. What does it mean to be Aboriginal in the 30 years of the 21st century? How do young Aboriginal people form their identities in this world?
My trip with the government First Nations Foundation Focusing on the economy and the role it should play in reducing the disadvantages of the Aboriginal people, it has always been about the full participation of the Aboriginal people in the full extent of their national life.
However, the products and services developed by the Indigenous Foundation are not only aimed at the underprivileged, but also at the ambitious Aboriginal middle class. Many jobs focus on empowering young Aboriginal people who are more fully involved in the economy but who do not have the financial knowledge inherited from their parents or grandparents because they are forced to participate. Guess and understand.
By involving indigenous peoples in the economy, we are given the opportunity to receive increased income throughout the life of economic participation. We are given the opportunity to build wealth and earn capital, which can then be used to perpetuate the building of that wealth.
One of the reasons Indigenous Foundation products and services are focused on economics is to reduce their reliance on government support. Being financially wealthy reduces your dependence on government. Therefore, instead of relying on the government, the economy can be used to solve social problems.
Economically, if the average Aboriginal income increases, people can afford a home or a decent rental home. They can put food on the table and send their children to a good school, and suddenly the social problem is no longer there.
Second, as more indigenous people join the board and be in a leadership position, they provide a story about who the indigenous people are. We will see Aboriginal people transcend social disadvantages and regain the people and communities they can be. There is an awakening and re-emergence of indigenous culture and identity.
Now I have been accused of being an optimist. Otherwise, you will be easily overwhelmed by the negative. The focus must stay where we want, not where things are. This may take a generation, but it gives me hope. And if we have no hope, we have nothing.
Yorta Yorta’s man, Ian Ham, is the president of the First Nations Foundation.
Telling the truth paves the way for a brighter future
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