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Today is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Posted by Network SA on Wednesday, August 09, 2017

That’s about 300 million people in Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, North America and South America.
To mark the day, we want to share with you a story, a poster and a short video.

The story
The story is a about a group of students from the University of Adelaide who visited the Sami people in the north of Sweden and found that Sami people have experienced forced removals and stolen generations with similar outcomes to those experienced here.
This story is repeated in other parts of the world, for example in North America where the poster was produced.

The poster
We love this poster Cultural Safety in Practice with Children, Families and Communities.
It’s a brilliant summary of what we can do to create culturally safe environments and connections. Check it out for talking points, implications for practitioners, indicators of cultural un-safety and 5 principles of cultural safety. The poster has been produced by Early Childhood Development Intercultural Partnerships in Canada. You can download it here or contact our office and we will email a copy.

The video
Almost 10 years have passed since the UN General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. Since then several countries, particularly in the Latin American region, have taken steps to recognize the identity and rights of indigenous peoples. Others like Australia and New Zealand are considering such constitutional changes.

We leave the last word to Australia’s Indigenous people with a short video of Garma Festival's closing ceremony. It’s less than 2 minutes long, please make time to watch and listen. Traditional stories come alive as the push for constitutional change continues, August 9, 2017.

9th August, 2017

Maureen McGuire
Executive Officer, Network SA.



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