American Indians and Australian Aborigines travel a similar path
There is a colonization connection the indigenous people of Australia and America share.
Both were driven to the brink of annihilation by invaders. Both had their children ripped from their arms and placed into institutional boarding schools intent upon acculturation by whatever means (See the movie Rabbit Proof Fence.
SCHOOL students will learn about Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, Chinese medicine and natural therapies but not meet the periodic table of elements until Year 10 under the new national science curriculum.
The curriculum, obtained by The Weekend Australian, directs that students from primary school through to Year 10 be taught the scientific knowledge of different cultures, primarily indigenous culture, including sustainable land use and traditional technologies.>>>
Before the first competition had even begun, the winners of the 2010 Winter Olympics were Canada's Four Host First Nations.
"We're no longer considered dime store Indians," says Wade Grant, a member of the Musqueam tribe and assistant general manager of the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion.
Most people discovered the Aboriginal peoples' involvement in the Olympics as they danced during the opening ceremonies. But the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations' journey began in 1997.>>>
It was clear from Wednesday's council meeting that many aboriginal groups and social agencies feel the Christian religion is not fit -- morally, culturally or spiritually -- to provide leadership or guidance to native children. It's also evident that the process surrounding a controversial funding request by Youth for Christ is deeply resented by community organizations that felt they did not get an equal shot.>>>Indigenous people to be recognised as 'first Queenslanders'
Queensland Parliament has passed legislation to insert a preamble into the State Constitution.
The preamble will recognize the Indigenous people as the first Queenslanders.
Opposition MP Rob Messenger has told Parliament the Government should concentrate on improving Indigenous living standards rather than inserting words in the Constitution.>>>