Posted on: 07-08-2017 | Category: General

Wednesday August 9th marks International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples and Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation will be celebrating the event.   

Maari Ma is inviting HIPPY families - the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters – to the Primary Health Care Service for a roast lunch and a screening of a series of Maari Ma produced Human Rights Agenda films. 

Manager Community Programs, Justin Files, says the short films reflect the significance of the human rights movement to Indigenous people. 

“Indigenous people are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. 

“The international community now recognises this and recognises that special measures are required to protect our rights, and maintain our distinct cultures and way of life. 

“We have made three short films which are centre around promoting and protecting our rights and which also recognise our achievements and contributions to our communities. 

“This year also marks the 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and is the 2017 theme” he said. 

Mr Files said the special morning at Maari Ma will start at 11.30 am with the screening of the films followed by lunch and there will also be giveaways. 


7th August 2017

For further information and available for interview

Justin Files
Manager Community Services
08 8082 9888

What is the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)?

  • The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is a non-binding document adopted by the United Nations on September 13 2007.
  • In recognising the “urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples,” the UNDRIP acts to enshrine rights that “constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world.”
  • The Declaration provides a framework for countries with different histories and circumstances to help reduce levels of disadvantage and discrimination experienced by many of the world’s 370 million Indigenous peoples.
  • The Declaration draws existing rights from other international laws and conventions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and explains how these apply to Indigenous peoples. These include rights to culture, identity, language, land, employment, education, and health. 
  • Once enacted, each of the 46 articles listed in UNDRIP provide clear guidance to advancing reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community.