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Our commitment to First Nations people

We respect and promote the inherent rights of Australia's First Nations people.

These include but are not limited to political, economic and social structures, knowledge systems, traditions, histories and philosophies and the rights to their lands, territories and resources. 

Children's Ground recognises that First Nations communities in Australia and across the world have suffered from invasion and genocide, dispossession of their lands, territories and resources. The trauma that has been experienced is profound and generational and continues to be experienced today.

Children's Ground will be guided by First Nations communities and by the purposes and principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

 

May Nango, Cecily Djandjomerr, Roxanne Naborlhborlh, Rosemary and Mary Cameron in Jabiru, Kakadu, NT.    

We are convinced that control by First Nations peoples over matters affecting them and their lands, territories and resources will enable them to maintain and strengthen their institutions, cultures and traditions, and to promote their development in accordance with their aspirations and needs. We are also convinced that by achieving this, Australia and the world will benefit.

First Nations cultures are sophisticated and the most successful in human history. Refined for over 60,000 years, they have achieved deeply sustainable social, environmental and political knowledge and lore.

It is the unwavering right and desire of First Nations peoples to continue their cultures. We will do our best to honour and support this wish.

"Only by respecting the language, culture and knowledge of the learner can we together build literate, schooled and educated societies, where lifelong learning is the norm."
UNESCO 2001 Education and Cultural Diversity 

 

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