Human Rights in Action: Cultural Rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
‘For reconciliation to be effective, it must involve truth-telling, and actively address issues of inequality, systemic racism and instances where the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied or reduced.’
Section 28 of the Human Rights Act 2019 (QLD) protects the distinct cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Queensland is the first state in Australia to specifically legislate to protect cultural rights so extensively but it’s early days and this section of the Act has not yet been widely applied.
Timed to coincide with this year’s Reconciliation Week, the theme of which is: ‘More than a word. Reconciliation requires action’, our Human Rights in Action event asks, what does it look like to actively respect, protect and promote the cultural rights of the people you support? And what is the potential of Section 28 to provide a framework for action?
Together with panelists from QCOSS member organisations, we discuss the possibility of Section 28 and showcase ways in which community services can uphold cultural rights by delivering culturally safe, strengths-based programs.
Date: Thursday, 27 May
Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Online via Zoom
This event is part of our Human Rights in Action series - a series that seeks to improve the capacity of the social services sector to understand how they can use the Human Rights Act in their work (advocacy, service delivery and service design).