2023 Theme – Indigenous Youth as Agents of Change for Self-determination
I believe it was during the 1970s or 80s in Australia that a series titled ‘Disappearing World’ was televised (some of the episodes are now available to view on Youtube). As the title suggests each week focused on indigenous groups from varied and international locations and documenting the loss to culture, knowledge and skills.
The United Nations are marking International Indigenous People’s Day this year with an online event titled ‘Indigenous youth as agents of change for self-determination’ and highlighting the role that indigenous youth must play in decision-making in light of climate change while at the same time seeking “justice for their people and creating an intergenerational connection that keeps their culture, traditions and contributions alive”.
The Federal Government have responded positively to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and this year marks a landmark in relations between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, may the discussion remain respectful and the outcome usher in positive and lasting change for our nations first peoples.
Further information and links can be found at International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples | United Nations