Victorian Government to begin talks with First Nations on Australia’s first Indigenous treaty
The Victorian Government will begin talks to work out Australia’s first treaty with Indigenous people within weeks.
Aim of Victoria’s First Nations Treaty:
- Recognition of past injustices
- Recognition of all 39 First Nations and their Clans Authority
- Recognition of and respect for country, traditions and customs
- A futures fund to implement and establish the treaty
- Establishment of a democratic treaty commission
- Land Rights and Land Acquisition Legislation and Funding
- Fresh Water and Sea Water Rights
(From the Victorian Traditional Land Owner Justice Group)
A meeting with First Nations representatives, convened by the State Government earlier this month, firmly rejected Constitutional recognition in favour of self-determination and a treaty.
The treaty would be a legal document over Aboriginal affairs and services and addressing past injustices.
It would be the first such agreement in Australia and follow similar arrangements with First Peoples in Canada, the US and New Zealand.
Victoria’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister Natalie Hutchins told Lateline the Government was committed to making it happen.
“At the end of the day it’s pretty disappointing that we, in the year 2016, don’t have a treaty or a national arrangement with our First Peoples,” she said.
Ms Hutchins said Victoria will look at treaty examples in other Commonwealth countries.
“In fact, Canada have been doing it for a long time, New Zealand has successfully done it, so it’s time for Australia to step up,” she said.
Constitutional recognition ‘a distraction’
Dja Dja Warrung elder Gary Murray said the state must pursue the best outcome.
“It’s not difficult to scope a treaty given what’s happened in Canada and New Zealand and other places,” he said.
“I think we pick the best from that and bring it into the modern world.”
Mr Murray said the national debate around Constitutional recognition was just “a distraction”. Read More…
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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND MINORITIES SECTION
TERMS OF REFERENCE
2014 SENIOR INDIGENOUS FELLOW
Duration: 2 June – 30 September 2014
Location: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, Geneva – Switzerland
The Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section (IPMS) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is seeking an indigenous person to fill the position of “Senior Fellow” for a duration of four months (2 June – 30 September 2014).
The Senior Indigenous Fellowship aims at giving the selected indigenous person a better understanding of the international human rights system and mechanisms, especially those dealing with indigenous issues. Through this experience, the Senior Fellow will gain practical knowledge and working level experience by directly contributing to the programmes and activities of the IPMS. Such exposure will also allow him/her to develop an extensive contact network with OHCHR staff in general, as well as other UN departments or agencies and human rights NGOs in Geneva.
The Senior Fellow is expected to return to his/her home country with an enhanced set of skills and expertise to contribute towards the promotion and protection of human rights of indigenous peoples at the national, regional or international level.
Terms of reference:
The Senior Indigenous Fellow will be working in the Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section of OHCHR under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Section and the Coordinator of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme and will be requested to:
– Contribute to the activities of the Section by undertaking research and analysis, participating in the organization and implementation of training activities, such as the Indigenous Fellowship Programme, providing support to the work of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations.
– Perform any other activity to contribute to the work of the Section, including administrative or logistic tasks.
The candidate must be indigenous. He/she should have:
- A university degree preferably in law, political sciences, international relations or any other disciplines related to human rights.
- Basic understanding of international human rights instruments and mechanisms, including those specifically dealing with the rights of indigenous peoples.
- Minimum of four years of working experience in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights.
- He/she should be fluent in English. Other language skills including Spanish, French or Russian are highly desirable.
The candidate selected will not receive a salary but will be entitled to a monthly stipend that will cover basic living expenses in Geneva, as well as return ticket and basic health insurance. Please note that this is not a regular employment position within OHCHR and it does not lead to employment rights and entitlements beyond the terms of the fellowship.
Interested candidates should submit their applications by fax (+41 22 917 90 08) with a cover letter indicating “Application to the 2014 Senior Indigenous Fellowship” or by post at:
Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Although we do not encourage you to send your application by email, scanned applications can also be received at the following address: email@example.com The application should include the following documents:
1) A Curriculum Vitae.
2) A letter of motivation (maximum 3 pages), in which the candidate will introduce himself/herself – mentioning the indigenous community he/she belongs to – explain his/her expectations, what he/she hopes to achieve through this fellowship and what he/she expects to do upon return to promote indigenous rights.
3) A letter of recommendation from the organization / entity they are affiliated with.
The deadline to receive applications is: 17 January 2014. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted and interviewed during the first quarter of 2014. Once the selection is finalized, the name of the candidate selected will be posted on our website.