Topic 2 Investigation 3


Is your Charter consistent with the UN Declaration?

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a human rights document that lists the rights of the world’s Indigenous peoples, who are often powerless minority groups within countries where their rights are not protected. The Declaration is not legally enforceable in individual countries such as Australia, but its adoption allows the actions of governments to be judged against its standards, much in the same way as their actions are judged against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Activity 1

Consult the articles below and consider your response to the questions that follow.

Rights: ‘Indigenous declaration still powerful - UN Forum Chief’

Global Issues: Rights of Indigenous people

  1. Who are Indigenous people?
  2. What kind of rights should Indigenous people have?
  3. Are Indigenous peoples’ rights the same as citizenship rights?
  4. Why do Indigenous peoples’ rights need protection?

Activity 2

1. Divide into the perspective groups used to develop your Class Charter on Uluru and read the following Articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Articles 12, 13, 30, 27, 26 and 25. Each of the group members has an Article to review. You then compare the Class Charter to the respective Article, taking care to list the ways in which it supports the Article or violates it. A PMI chart may be of use in this exercise.





2. Using the analyses of the individual group members, compile one list that shows how the Class Charter on Uluru supports or contravenes the Declaration.

Modifying the Class Charter on Uluru

Reconvene the class convention that drew up the Class Charter on Uluru, and have it consider the Charter using its knowledge of the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In which ways should your Class Charter be modified now that you have read the UN Draft Declaration?


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