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New Report Explores Indigenous Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in Australia
In September the Indigenous Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Case Study Project released the report Solid work you mob are doing: Case studies in Indigenous Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in Australia. The report presents recommendations for improving conflict management work in the Indigenous context drawn from three in-depth case studies and several smaller snap shot studies.
According to the Executive Summary:
...The findings of the Project have relevance to all who do business with Indigenous communities. This includes those working in a broad range of areas including health,housing, education; natural resource management; native title; social and emotional wellbeing; Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) initiatives; income support; taxation; child support; employment; consumer advocacy; business development; Indigenous governance; corporate social responsibility; agreement-making; microfinance; family relationships and community cohesion; youth and children’s services; social and emotional wellbeing; welfare reforms; criminal and restorative justice; cultural heritage protection and repatriation of cultural materials; and reconciliation.
When I shook his hand it was cold and sweaty. He was clearly nervous to meet me - much more than I was to meet him. I was impressed that he had waited for me. The others had all gone out for their allocated 'yard time'. Just one hour a day in Maxi - quite a lot to give up on the off chance that he might be included in the programme. Interviewing him was difficult - he was so desperate to be on the programme that he was almost paralysed with nerves. Every now and then he forgot what we were talking about and I became concerned that he might be unstable. As a new facilitator I did not want to have a safety risk on my hands, so I said no to him. However, this decision didn't sit right with me. I felt uneasy, sad... wrong.