Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy (Australia, 20th-29th June, 2005)

Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy (Australia, 20th-29th June, 2005)

 

The Diplomacy Training Program’s Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and Advocacy Course was conducted in Batchelor, NT from June 20-29, 2005. There were 28 participants drawn from Fiji, Vanuatu, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and from most parts of Australia, including the Torres Strait Islands.  The participants were selected from over 110 applications.  Together they brought together an inspiring range of experiences from their work for and with Indigenous Peoples across the region.

The first hand accounts of the struggles of Indigenous Peoples across the region provided all involved with rare insights into our region.  While the challenges faced in every country and by different communities are very diverse there are also issues in common: the struggle for recognition of identity and to maintain and assert traditional knowledge and culture; relationships to the land and the importance of communal land ownership; struggles to gain economic and social benefit from development and resource extraction from their land; environmental destruction and cultural survival.

Participant evaluations of the training were very positive, both in relation to individual trainers and the course overall.  The opportunity to learn from each others’ stories and experiences was a highlight of the course for the participants and for the trainers. 

 

The Project Report is here.