Engaging the marginalized: Partnerships between indigenous peoples, governments and civil society. Guidelines for engagement with indigenous peoples

Engaging the marginalized: Partnerships between indigenous peoples, governments and civil society. Guidelines for engagement with indigenous peoples Conference Proceedings

United Nations Workshop: International Conference on Engaging Communities

  • Author(s): Human Rights Equal Opportunity Commission and United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,
  • Published: 2005

Abstract: On 15 August 2005, in Brisbane Australia, 160 delegates from the International Engaging Communities Conference participated in the UN-sponsored workshop, ‘Engaging the marginalized: Partnerships between indigenous peoples, governments and civil society’. The Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on indigenous Issues and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission of Australia organized this workshop which was divided into four sessions. Sessions one and two opened with a number of distinguished panellists who laid out international frameworks, as well as national and local level examples of engaging indigenous communities. The workshop reconvened in the afternoon for small group discussions, where delegates were encouraged to identify specific mechanisms and challenges they have experienced in engaging indigenous peoples as well as identify the important principles to guide engagement with indigenous peoples. The experiences and comments shared by the delegates have been captured in the Workshop Report and the Guidelines for Engaging Indigenous Communities which are below. The workshop aimed to build on the human rights based approach to development which places indigenous peoples at the centre and identify opportunities as well as challenges for engaging indigenous communities in governance processes. This is an important development internationally. The workshop acknowledged that never has the UN system been so primed to receive indigenous views into their frameworks and processes. It is hoped that this document will advance an understanding and awareness of these important issues. The workshop proceedings and guidelines will be discussed at the forthcoming session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. I would like to thank our co-hosts the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for assisting the United Nations and Secretariat in pulling the workshop together. I would also like to thank and congratulate all the workshop participants from all around the world who contributed to the workshop discussion, shared their experiences and views, which ultimately informed the workshop outcome – Guidelines for Engaging with Indigenous Communities.

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Human Rights Equal Opportunity Commission and United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,, 2005, Engaging the marginalized: Partnerships between indigenous peoples, governments and civil society. Guidelines for engagement with indigenous peoples, Conference Proceedings, viewed 30 November 2021, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3809.

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