Definition, application and capacity for expression of self-determination within institutional policy. Case studies focusing on gaps, success and failure.
The definition and application of self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, as it is for Indigenous people universally, is primarily drawn from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples. Accordingly, the Australian Government states that Aboriginal people "…should be closely involved in the development and implementation of policies and programs that impact on them" and that they "…have the opportunity to participate in the making of such decisions through the processes of democratic government, and are able to exercise meaningful control over their affairs". This session asks how evident are these embedded principles in the development of; application of and outcomes of current institutional policy in Australia and elsewhere? Key areas for discussion are anticipated to cover (but not limited to): collection and repatriation policies in museums; university educational entry and eligibility to access scholarships / additional assistance; medical health and research institutional policy (engagement of Indigenous clients and practitioners); if the enactment of policy is in dispute whose 'voice' takes precedence? The panel invites speakers from Australia and elsewhere to present a case study that elucidates the lived reality for self-determination to be built into and/or experienced within institutional policy and the concomitant impacts on Indigenous people. Whilst we are happy to consider theoretical overviews, we are keen to hear about case studies.