How can economics contribute to Indigenous Reconciliation?
Despite showing significant strength and resilience in the face of colonial injustices, Australian Indigenous people and their families continue to be affected by past trauma. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience vast differences in health, education, employment, and standards of living compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. Understanding these inequalities is the first step to reconciling the differences between us. This webinar presented insights from the expertise of members of Australia’s Indigenous community. Economists Professor Guyonne Kalb (Melbourne Institute) and Dr Maneka Jayasinghe (Charles Darwin University) were joined by Renee Long (Charles Darwin University), an Aboriginal Territorian who has had an extensive career in the public sector. They showcased recent contributions to research on issues affecting the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people such as child development, financial resilience and economic participation. Policy initiatives to support Indigenous businesses and public procurement approaches were also discussed.
Comment from our editors:
The webinar covers three different topics that relate to reconciling with the Indigenous people in Australia: financial resilience, childcare/child development and economic participation through business procurement. The topics are a bit random but each presenter does give an introduction about their topic. Some of the points and policies in this webinar may be relevant to other Indigenous communities in other countries.