Advocacy

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress works in the area of advocacy and public influence. It does so to help ensure positive structural change occurs not only in Indigenous communities but in the system of governance that dictates Indigenous policy. It seeks effective ways to work for social change by providing avenues for public engagement by the many supporters of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

One such way is supporting the work of Congress by becoming a Hope Ambassador of Congress and by supporting the advocacy campaigns of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Alliance (NATSICA). Your voice will be heard!

Some present advocacy campaigns include:

  • The Make Indigenous Poverty History campaign
  • The Northern Territory Intervention
  • Supporting the Millennium Development Goals

Millennium Development Goals

The UAICC maintains a pledge to ensuring the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) have a real and lasting impact in positively changing the lives of Indigenous Australians. A common conclusion people make is that the MDG’s have only relevance to overseas impoverished communities. This is not true. In Australia alone we call upon the State and Federal governments to ensure that by 2015 the living standards and levels of health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are comparable to those of the rest of Australia – not to the poorest of the world’s poor. This is an important distinction.

The MDGs do not specifically target Indigenous Peoples, yet worldwide Indigenous peoples are most affected by extreme poverty and usually rank at the bottom of most social and economic indicators. This is certainly true in Australia where statistics show that many Australian Indigenous peoples are living in poverty: our children are twice as likely to die in infancy; we suffer from more preventable diseases, higher unemployment, lower house ownership and lower engagement with education. The socio-economic statistics that represent Indigenous Australia are often worse than those of some of the poorest overseas communities.

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