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United Nations Association of Australia 28 August 2009 Brisbane

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  1. New pathways to a shared futureMs Jan FergusonManaging Director Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre United Nations Association of Australia 28 August 2009 Brisbane

  2. Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (DKCRC) • Vision • The DKCRC is committed to: • creating economic opportunities for desert people; and • making a demonstrable difference for remote Aboriginal communities, and settlements • through the application of participatory research and training.

  3. Desert Knowledge CRC • Australia’s largest regionally based social, economic, and environmental research collaboration. • Approximately 250 researchers across 28 partner agencies working toward developing sustainable livelihoods for people. • Working with 70 remote communities

  4. The situation for Aboriginal Australians(Productivity Commission 2009) Life expectancy • Gap 12 years for males and 10 years for females Young child mortality • Gap improved slightly, but remain 3 times below non-Aboriginal Australians Reading, writing and numeracy • Gap widens over time, and as the degree of remoteness increases. Year 12 attainment • Gap of 50% below non-Indigenous 19 year olds Employment • Participation rate lower, and the unemployment rate higher

  5. Aboriginal people in the NT July 2007 Federal Government • NT Emergency Response (NTER) • the ‘Intervention’ October 2006 – July 2008 NT Government • Introduction of 8 new Shires July 2007 Local Government • Alcohol Laws restricting public drinking in NT • ‘dry towns’

  6. Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER)October 2007 NTER was carried out in prescribed areas in the Northern Territory • encompasses more than 500 Aboriginal communities: 73 of the larger settlements were targeted for intense application of NTER measures. • Over 70 per cent of Aboriginal people in the NT live within prescribed areas. • NTER measures directly affect approximately 45,500 Aboriginal men, women and children.

  7. Imagine… You are anAboriginal grandmother living in a prescribed remote community in the Northern Territory… • You have grandchildren … • Some go to school … • You were a health worker before you retired • You live in and pay rent for an overcrowded house that is not properly maintained • You have only one public phone box in the community and it is often broken • Where you shop & what you want to buy is controlled

  8. As an Aboriginal woman… • You have grown up learning about your land, the law and your culture • You teach your grandchildren about their family, ancestors and country • You are strong in your traditional language • You are a strong member of your family

  9. The Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) Impact • Half your money is quarantined into an Income Management system • Your movements are managed • Your grandchildren’s school lunch is compulsory • Where you shop is restricted • You are given a BasicsCard

  10. BasicsCard Reality: • You do not have more choice as not all stores where you want to spend are approved or are in your home location • You can only buy food, clothing, medicine, basic household items • You cannot spend at a second hand store and save money • You cannot use your BasicsCard for cash out, lay-by or book-up • You cannot spend more than $800 per day

  11. The challenge of Closing the Gaps… • Requires a shift in community attitudes from a deficit model to a model supportive of: • good communication, • choice and informed consent • open negotiation of the best way forward • understanding that this will take time

  12. Aboriginal Knowledge and Intellectual Protocol Community Guide Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi

  13. Good research checklist • It’s OK for me to work on this research. • This research is OK with the community. • I am working with the visiting researcher. • I am getting paid. • I know the research will be useful. • I know the research will make a difference. • I know that I will get copies of the research. • I am being listened to. • I am being respected. • We have made a research agreement.

  14. Elements of successful initiatives • Attitude • Influenced by the goals, motivation and personal commitment of the Aboriginal people • Resources • Availability and access to resources • Time – to plan, build genuine relationships, reflect and learn • Process • Development of local capacity where ever possible, and support providers knowing when to move on from dependence to independence

  15. New pathways to a shared future Genuine engagement with Aboriginal people On-the-ground programs that will fast-track economic participation Effective two way communication of to targeted stakeholders and end-users

  16. Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre