Being and Living in an Australian Urban Community

Fredericks, Bronwyn (2009) Being and Living in an Australian Urban Community. In Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Meeting, 21-23 May 2009, University of Minnesota, United States of America. (Unpublished)

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There is a limited evidence base which highlights the plight of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations living in urban areas and the issues that impact on Indigenous achievements in education, health status, housing needs, rates of incarceration and the struggle for cultural recognition. This is despite over 70 % of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia now living in urban or regional urban areas (ABS 2008). The statistics demonstrate that living in urban centres is as much part of reality for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as living in a remote discrete community. Using the capital city of Brisbane, Queensland as a case study, this paper will explore some of the issues that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face against a backdrop of the statistics and some of the current literature. It will additionally explore why there has been limited research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in urban areas and highlight some of the innovative research taking place which will begin to redress this gap. The research issues presented within this paper will resonate with some of the Native American and Indigenous movement patterns and associated issues additionally occurring in the United States of America, Canada and New Zealand.

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ID Code: 27562
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Powerpoint Presentation
Keywords: Aboriginal , Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Urban, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Bronwyn Fredericks
Deposited On: 25 Sep 2009 02:01
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2010 02:41

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