Forests As Landscapes for Reconciliation (Guest Editorial) - Australian Forestry

Forests As Landscapes for Reconciliation (Guest Editorial)

By Australian Forestry

  • Release Date: 2011-03-01
  • Genre: Engineering
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The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples of which I was an inaugural co-chair (2) represents over 300 nations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; less than 600 000 individuals in a population of 22 million, making us less than 2.5% of the total Australian population. Over half of us live in NSW and Queensland but make up only 2% and 3.5% respectively in these states. The median age in our population is 21 years compared with 37 in non-Indigenous populations, and over 38% of us are under the age of 15. In an Elder-wisdom based society, our vulnerability is further exacerbated by the fact that only 3% of our population is over the age of 65. In addition to addressing serious issues such as the 17-year life expectancy gap and other health issues and income disadvantage, the National Congress is committed to continuing a dialogue between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and other peoples in Australia, on issues affecting our lives. The political context in which many of these dialogues are occurring is reconciliation. Reconciliation involves building mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and other Australians that allow us to work together to solve problems and generate success that is in everyone's best interests.

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