The forced removal of Indigenous children from their families, also known as the “Stolen Generations,” the ongoing effects of colonization, and discrimination in areas like health, education, and employment are just a few of the long history of injustices committed against Indigenous communities in Australia. The Australian government and larger society have improved their interactions with Indigenous communities in order to remedy these historical injustices. Among the major projects are:
- The Closing the Gap framework is a government-led effort to reduce the stark differences in life expectancy, educational attainment, and employment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The framework establishes clear objectives and defines a thorough strategy to close the deficit in these areas.
- Recognition in the constitution: There have been ongoing efforts to include Indigenous Australians in the law, which would increase the protection of their rights and serve as a sign of peace.
- The Australian government and Indigenous communities are working to create formal treaties, which would offer a legal foundation for a more fair and respectful relationship.
- The National Restorative Justice Program was created with the goal of reducing the number of Indigenous people incarcerated and enhancing their quality of life. Indigenous Australians are overrepresented in the criminal justice system.
- A national organization called The Healing Foundation offers assistance and resources to assist Indigenous communities in recovering from the effects of colonization and the Stolen Generations.
Overall, despite the progress that has been accomplished, much more needs to be done to adequately redress the historical injustices that Australian Indigenous communities have faced. However, the aforementioned programmed are significant advances in the direction of reconciliation and a more just and respectful coexistence between Indigenous Australians and the rest of society.