120915 – Fifth Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Contents:
* SNAICC News:
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
* Les Malezer: Five Years On – The Fifth Anniversary Of The
UN Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples
* Australian Human Rights Commission:
Declaration On Rights Of Indigenous Peoples Turns Five Years Old
* Jack Waterford:
$250,000 delivered to Aboriginal families at a cost of $220,000
* Solidarity Needed for Union action against Income Management
* Tennant & District Times:
Ampilatwatja refuses housing lease offer
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* Walkatjurra Walkabout:
Walkers celebrate end of walk with Japan nuclear phaseout
* Other articles

* SNAICC NEWS:
TODAY MARKS THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADOPTION OF THE
UN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

– News

SNAICC News:
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
http://www.snaicc.asn.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=885
13 Sep 12: “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). Click here to view the
voting record. Since its adoption, Australia, New Zealand,
Canada and the United States have all reversed their
positions and now endorse the Declaration. Colombia and
Samoa have also reversed their positions and indicated
their support for the Declaration.”

Event: 13 September 2012: various locations internationally
Fifth anniversary of the
United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Event details: http://social.un.org/index/IndigenousPeoples/DeclarationontheRightsofIndigenousPeoples.aspx

* LES MALEZER:
FIVE YEARS ON – THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
UN DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

– Analysis / Opinion

Indigenous Peoples Issues:
Australia: Five Years On – The Fifth Anniversary Of The
UN Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples
Congress: nationalcongress.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DeclarationAnniversary.pdf
Indigenous Peoples Issues: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16202:australia-five-years-on-the-fifth-anniversary-of-the-un-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples&catid=24&Itemid=57
12 Sep 12: “The Australian Human Rights Commission is
collaborating with the National Congress of Australia’s
First Peoples and the Indigenous Peoples Organisations to
implement a national strategy for increased awareness and
understanding of the Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples. Looking back we must remember how it
has taken so long to have our rights as indigenous peoples
recognised in global governance and international law.
Five years on, it is time for the Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples to be more vigorous in exercising
these rights and freedoms.” By Les Malezer.
Les Malezer was the Chairperson / Coordinator of the
Indigenous Peoples Global Caucus on the Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples leading up to and at the time
of the UN General Assembly vote on the Declaration on 13
September 2007. He is currently the Co-Chairperson of the
National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

* AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
DECLARATION ON RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES TURNS FIVE YEARS OLD

– Analysis / Opinion

Australian Human Rights Commission:
Declaration On Rights Of Indigenous Peoples Turns Five Years Old
http://www.hreoc.gov.au/about/media/news/2012/94_12.html
13 Sep 12: “The Government has taken some significant steps
towards implementing the United Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples but much more remained to be
done, Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said today on
the fifth anniversary of the UN adoption of the
Declaration. He said the National Apology to the Stolen
Generations, establishing the National Congress of
Australia’s First Peoples and the National Healing
Foundation all go some way to redressing the impacts of
colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples but the government still had to give full effect to
the Declaration.”

* JACK WATERFORD:
$250,000 DELIVERED TO ABORIGINAL FAMILIES AT A COST OF $220,000

– Analysis / Opinion

Canberra Times:
$250,000 delivered to Aboriginal families at a cost of $220,000
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/250000-delivered-to-aboriginal-families-at-a-cost-of-220000-20120908-25ky1.html
9 Sep 12: “IDO not think that welfarism minister Jenny
Macklin has yet had the acclaim she deserves for a great
Labor achievement announced this week – that government
spending on indigenous Australians has reached, in average,
about $250,000 per Aboriginal family a year. Macklin’s own
solid contribution has been to increase this sum by about
10 per cent, or $25,000 a family, since Julia Gillard took
Labor into minority government.” By Jack Waterford,
Editor-at-large, The Canberra Times

* SOLIDARITY NEEDED FOR UNION ACTION AGAINST INCOME MANAGEMENT:

– Statement

Solidarity Needed for Union action against Income Management
Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-the-Intervention-Collective-Sydney/106800130140
Sydney Wobblies: http://www.facebook.com/iwwsydney

10 Sep 12: “Public Service Association (PSA) members in
Western Sydney at the Bankstown, Lakemba and Fairfield
Community Services Centres (formerly known as DoCS offices)
are implementing union bans on participating in income
management and any activities relating to its
implementation. Income management is part of the Northern
Territory Intervention which is now being rolled out to 5
trial sites across Australia. It is widely viewed as
discriminatory and paternalistic. The campaign against
income management in Bankstown has been lead by the
Bankstown Say No Government Income Management Campaign
Coalition and supported by the Stop the Intervention
Collective and over 65 local organisations, unions and
faith groups, and by the NSW ALP.”

* TENNANT & DISTRICT TIMES:
AMPILATWATJA REFUSES HOUSING LEASE OFFER

– News

Tennant & District Times:
Ampilatwatja refuses housing lease offer
http://www.tennantcreektimes.com.au/story/334787/ampilatwatja-refuses-housing-lease-offer/?cs=1513
14 Sep 12: “Residents at Ampilatwatja have turned down a
$3.7 million offer from the Federal Government to lease its
public housing for 40 years. The Central Land Council,
which deals on behalf of the community, has been instructed
to break the news. There has also been a firm refusal to
accept $1600 per annum in rent for the government business
manager’s complex which includes demountable housing and
office space. … While the Commonwealth wants to continue
with the NT Intervention under a new name – Stronger
Futures – the people out at Ampilatwatja are not
interested.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 7 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 1 August 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* WALKATJURRA WALKABOUT:
WALKERS CELEBRATE END OF WALK WITH JAPAN NUCLEAR PHASEOUT:

– Media Release

Walkatjurra Walkabout:
Walkers celebrate end of walk with Japan nuclear phaseout
http://walkingforcountry.com/2012/09/14/walkers-celebrate-end-of-walk-with-japan-nuclear-phaseout/
14 Sep 12: “After walking for four weeks and over 270kms,
the Walkatjurra Walkabout is completing the last ten
kilometres this morning to reach their destination in
Leonora. Starting from Yeelirrie, the walk is a
collaborative effort of people from across Australia and
local Traditional Owners to build resistance to the threat
of uranium mining in Western Australia.
“Over one hundred and fifty walkers have participated in
this event, and we have received messages of support and
solidarity from people across the world. Globally
communities are resisting the nuclear industry at every
stage, and it is our responsibility here in Australia to
ensure that uranium stays in the ground.”
The walk is a celebration of the strength of the community
in Leonora who have successfully fought to stop uranium
mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years.
News of the recent acquisition of the Yeelirrie deposit by
Canadian company Cameco has been a catalyst for renewed
opposition.
Traditional Owner of Yeelirrie, Kado Muir: “Yesterday the
Walkatjurra Walkabout joined us in re-establishing Kutunatu
Ngurra a traditional camping place and sacred site where we
have maintained our cultural practice and connection to
country. The West Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA)
will meet here this weekend, and bring together Indigenous
and non-Indigenous people to continue to work in solidarity
to uphold our right to protect country”. … ”

Event: 20 August to 14 September 2012: Yeelirrie-Leonora, WA
Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country
A one month walk from Yeelirrie to Leonora
” … is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to
the strength of the community who have fought to stop
uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a
chance to come together to continue share our commitment to
a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to
reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of
walking for country.”
“This walk will be lead by the Walkatjurra Rangers,
in partnership with Footprints for Peace,
Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA),
the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA)
and the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA).”
Event details: http://walkingforcountry.com/
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Event details: http://nffcampaign2011.footprintsforpeace.net/?p=69
News: http://www.nit.com.au/news/1703-walkatjurra-walkabout-a-journey-to-stop-uranium-mining-of-our-land.html

* OTHER ARTICLES:

– Analysis / Opinion

National Indigenous Times: The story of David & Goliath:
The Yindjibarndi and Fortescue Metals Group
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1825-the-story-of-david-a-goliath-the-yindjibarndi-and-fortescue-metals-group.html
13 Sep 12: “by Gerry Georgatos, National Indigenous Times
West Australian reporter. PART 1 (Part 2 will feature in
the next edition). Mayinbungu has left however he is not
gone – his life’s narrative lives on, in the narratives of
his descendants, within their form and content, in their
lived experiences, in their belonging to the struggle to
protect country and in the rights of the Yindjibarndi.
His… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Constitional recognition: who benefits?
http://www.nit.com.au/opinion/1822-constitional-recognition-who-benefits.html
13 Sep 12: “By Callum Clayton-Dixon. As the federal
government pushes to recognize Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people in Australia’s constitution, the
official rhetoric has left a lot to be desired. Despite
much talk of ‘reconciliation’ and ‘closing the gap’, there
has been very little reference to what constitutional
recognition will actually do for indigenous people.”

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
14 Sep 12: “* A move to recognise Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders in the Australian constitution before next
years federal election has taken a nosedive following
survey results which suggest only 36 percent of Australians
are aware of the proposed referendum or what it is about.
* Melbourne based Aboriginal rock musician Dan Sultan who
is currently headlining a series of concerts to to raise
awareness and promote the need for recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the
Australian constitution. He says some people are scared
that Aboriginal people will be given special rights.”

– News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
Traditional owner says no to “toxic backyard”
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7542-traditional-owner-says-no-to-qtoxic-backyardq
14 Sep 12: “Indigenous elders, community members and
supporters from across the country are campaigning against
uranium mining in Western Australia’s mid-west. A Yeelirrie
mine was sold by BHP Billiton to Canadian company Cameco
recently. Some local traditional owners reject the project,
saying they don’t want uranium mining or transport of
radioactive material on their land. Yeelirrie traditional
owner and Chairperson of the Western Australian Nuclear
Free Alliance Kado Muir says he doesn’t want his homeland
to turn into a radioactive zone.”

National Indigenous Times:
South Australia’s sneaky plan to close down Native Title claims
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1868-south-australias-sneaky-plan-to-close-down-native-title-claims.html
13 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Leaders have reacted with shock
and dismay at moves by the South Australian Government to
introduce legislation designed to end Native Title claims
in the State.”

National Indigenous Times: Gas hub project implodes
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1863-gas-hub-project-implodes.html
13 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. The West Australian State
Government and Woodside may now face criminal prosecution
under the Aboriginal Heritage Act after it was revealed
they conspired to withdraw critical expert advice that the
James Price Point gas hub project could damage cultural
sites.”

National Indigenous Times:
Prison officers warn “appalling” NT prisons will lead to tragedy
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1860-prison-officers-warn-appalling-nt-prisons-will-lead-to-tragedy.html
13 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times West Australian
reporter Gerry Georgatos. Prisoners are sleeping on cell
floors in deplorable conditions in Northern Territory
prisons according to the Northern Territory Prison
Officers’ Association (NTPOA). More than 80 per cent of the
Northern Territory prison population comprises Aboriginal
peoples and the maltreatment and abusive conditions
have… ”

National Indigenous Times:
Income management to begin in APY Lands from next month
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1852-income-management-to-begin-in-apy-lands-from-next-month.html
13 Sep 12: “Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny
Macklin has been backed by nine Aboriginal communities in
the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia, as she has by
some in the South Australian lands with her decision to
introduce an income management scheme. The Minister has
announced income management will be introduced to the APY
Lands next month.”

National Indigenous Times:
Aboriginal passports to be presented to 200 asylum seekers
http://www.nit.com.au/news/1849-aboriginal-passports-to-be-presented-to-200-asylum-seekers.html
13 Sep 12: “By National Indigenous Times reporter Geoff
Bagnall. An ambitious plan to issue Aboriginal passports to
200 non-Aboriginal people including asylum seekers in the
Villawood Detention Centre has been praised by activists.
Michael Mansell, Secretary of the Aboriginal Provisional
Government, Robbie Thorpe, Director of Treaty Republic and
Sam Watson from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy… ”

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