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As home of the world’s oldest continuous culture, Australia has joined the world to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion has commemorated the day by reaffirming Australia’s support of the Declaration.
“I am proud to join the international effort to support the rights of all Indigenous peoples, as we continue our work to advance the interests of First Australians,” Minister Scullion said.
“Australia’s Indigenous Affairs agenda is consistent with the Declaration. From efforts to repatriate ancestral remains, supporting the maintenance of language and culture and recognising and respecting the ongoing connection between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to land.
“Through the $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy, the Australian Government is working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to improve outcomes across education, employment, community safety, health and economic empowerment.
“We are advancing the economic human rights of First Australians with a dedicated Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) to support Indigenous entrepreneurship and stimulate the Indigenous business sector. The IPP is delivering real results with over 700 Indigenous businesses winning more than $500 million in government contracts.
The Australian Government continues to play a global role in promoting the rights of Indigenous people and is proud of its ongoing financial support for the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples and the World Intellectual Property Organisation to enable Indigenous peoples’ participation in UN meetings.
“Advancing the rights of Indigenous peoples in Australia and around the world is one of five pillars underpinning Australia’s candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council.”
“I look forward to continuing an ongoing dialogue with all First Australians, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, so that together we can ensure that our agenda continues to be consistent with the Declaration,” Minister Scullion said today