Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The rights of the world's Indigenous peoples are protected and promoted at an international level by the United Nations.

Australia is a member of the United Nations and is

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a positive, aspirational document that sets out ambitions for a new partnership and relationship between Indigenous peoples and the government. It is significant because Indigenous peoples, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, were involved in drafting it.The Declaration:

  • affirms that indigenous peoples make a unique contribution to the diversity and richness of civilisations and cultures, and promotes cultural diversity and understanding;
  • explicitly encourages harmonious and cooperative relations between States and indigenous peoples, as well as mechanisms to support this at the international and national levels; and
  • is based upon principles of partnership, consultation and cooperation between indigenous peoples and States.

Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner stated:

The Declaration is a positive document that maps out a path for Indigenous peoples to be free from discrimination and secure in our identities and life choices.