Source: Photos on this banner are part of The World in Faces, a photo project by Alexander Khimushin. (International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, 2019).
Mentone Girls’ Grammar School develops global citizens who engage with social and environmental issues of local and global significance. They appreciate difference, show empathy and engage respectfully and collaboratively while seeking to understand different cultures, languages and perspectives. Through civic engagement they demonstrate responsible and ethical decision making to promote sustainable futures.
The United Nations does not provide a definition of what it means to be an indigenous person.
The United Nations prefers to identify rather than define who is indigenous.
Click on the other tabs in this box to see some of the things that the United Nations looks at when discussing what it means to be an indigenous person.
They have strong links with the land and its natural resources. . .
. . . and they were living their before other people came to settle the land. . .
. . . and they have their own language, culture and beliefs that are not the same as the people who settled there later . . .
. . . and they have decided to look after their ancestral lands and systems as a separate people to the rest of the population.
What do you think about the United Nations' definition of an indigenous person?
Do you agree?
If you want to know more you can read the United Nations fact sheet on what it is to be an indigenous person, by clicking on this link: Indigenous people indigenous voices
Clicking on this image will take you to the website of the Survival International, an independent body associated with the United Nations.
Here you can learn all about them and what they do!
This LibGuide focuses on indigenous peoples around the world and as such, complements the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross curricula priority as documented in the Victorian Curriculum and the Australian curriculum.
This libguide also supports the relevant U.N. framework on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and aligns with the U.N. Sustainability Developments Goals as set out for the global indigenous community.