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INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

I asked Latoya, “Have you ever experienced discrimination for being Indigenous?”, and I was shocked with the response I received. She replied, “Yes. I do not think that Indigenous any First Nations person could children are answer otherwise. We are indirectly discriminated against just for being a twenty-four part of the Indigenous race – when times more the media report Indigenous peoples on the news and use terminology that likely to be groups all Indigenous peoples as a locked up collective, we are being discriminated against. The act of discrimination and nationally racism is not solely experienced – if our brothers or sisters are oppressed, we are oppressed with them because we are a community that is connected.” Latoya taught me just how important it is for all of us to stand up for Indigenous rights and end racial discrimination. She has been busy raising awareness and just recently, organised and facilitated a NAIDOC Day (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) for her university where she was able to raise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags for the first time on the main campus. When asked how we can help make a difference, Latoya gave me some direct and valuable advice. She spoke of how Australians can support Indigenous peoples by educating themselves on the history of colonisation, the history of the land and the history of Indigenous rights.

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Latoya specifically mentioned that, “Australians can also become allies by bringing awareness to issues that Indigenous peoples face, and using this knowledge to advance the voices of Indigenous peoples. It does not take much to extend a hand to another person and invite them into your home to get to know them – but there is a large deficit today of people who can do this.”

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Welcome to Edition 5 of AM-UNITY Magazine! In this issue we focus on Indigenous rights, refugee rights, and gender equity & diversity. Insid...

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Welcome to Edition 5 of AM-UNITY Magazine! In this issue we focus on Indigenous rights, refugee rights, and gender equity & diversity. Insid...

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