Myth: “Aboriginal people need to take responsibility for their own lives”

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples want to have control and autonomy over their lives. We often hear people say they’d wish Canberra would just get out of their lives – Indigenous Australians feel the same way!

For tens of thousands of years they were peoples of resilience, innovation and sophistication. They developed complex systems of wealth distribution, trade and land and environmental protection.

There are so many examples where Indigenous peoples have developed successful programs based on these fundamental strengths – from Broome, to Cape York and in places like Goodooga in North-West NSW. Indigenous peoples want to build on these strengths but they can only do that if they have control over their own futures.

For more information:

Turnbull Government must let Indigenous Australians take control of their destiny

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