The recognition of native title–land rights–provides Indigenous Peoples with more than a land asset. As land based cultures and societies, Indigenous Peoples in Australia and around the world seek land justice as a means of sustaining social, cultural and political systems that are intimately connected with the ecosystems in which they live. When native title is impaired or extinguished, social and cultural impacts follow. As we move toward a greater focus on compensation claims in coming years, it is essential to understand the full spectrum of impacts and how these systems can be restored through compensatory and other transitional justice measures.
In their presentation–Everyday Acts of Resurgence*–Indigenous Professors Taiaiake Alfred (Mohawk) and Jeff Corntassel (Cherokee) share their thoughts about restoring what has been lost where native title has been impaired or extinguished including urban areas and lands that have faced environmental degradation at the hands of industry.
Introduced by Dr. Lisa Strelein, the presentation was delivered as part of the 2016 National Native Title Conference co-convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Northern Land Council (NLC), and hosted by the Larrakia people, in Darwin, NT June 1-3 2016.
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