Intergenerational Indigenous Inequality in Colonial Nation States
Intergenerational transfer of social inequalities is the common experience of the colonised Indigenous peoples of first world nation states such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. The constant of official statistics of these nations is the heavy over-representation of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Maori, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, First Nations Metis, Saami and Ainu peoples on all measures of disadvantage including: poverty unemployment, criminal justice system engagement, mortality and morbidity; child health; low education rates.
These indicators of social, cultura, political and economic inequality continue almost unchanged despite the long line of formal inquiries into the welfare of Indigenous peoples instituted in these nations such as the 1996 Canadian Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples or the 2000 Australian Government Inquiry into Indigenous health.
This session will encourage papers that address the topic, empirically and theoretically, of intergenerational Indigenous cultural, political and economic inequality within coloniser nation states. Within this broader topic, the session will emphasise discussion of not only intergenerational effects on Indigenous peoples but on alternative narratives of Indigenous futures. This is not a call to a return to deficit research but rather is the opportunity to provide Indigenous-centred perspectives and solutions.
The aim is to have the session present a series of papers that address the Forum’s theme of the Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities within the context of Indigenous intergenerational inequality.
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