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
- A signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination ;
- A signatory to the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
- A member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues.
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.