26 Oct
Issue Paper summary: First Nations people pt 2

Issue Paper summary: First Nations people pt 2

What exactly is the Royal Commission looking at and what do they want to know? We go into the details with some questions to help you share your experience. 

Focus areas 

The First Nations Issue Paper looks at: 

  • Experiences of First Nations people with disability at different life stages and how this affects them 
  • The changes needed so that First Nations people with disability live free of violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation 
  • Situations that lead to violence, abuse, neglect, or exploitation 
  • Barriers that stop First Nations people with disability from getting help 
  • The way First Nations people with disability support their communities 
  • Creating a First Nations disability sector, how this would work, and how it protects First Nations people with disability 

While the deadline for submissions to be included into the Report has passed. However if you would like to make a submission you can do so at any time. Here’s how. 

Questions to think about

  1. What’s your experience of disability as a First Nations person?  
    How does it affect you, your family, friends, and community? 
  2. How do First Nations people think and treat disability?  
    How does culture and language help First Nations people with disability to feel part of the community? 
  3. How do First Nations people with disability experience violence, neglect, abuse, and exploitation? 
    Does age, gender, or sexuality change how they are treated? 
  4. How can we support and protect First Nations people with disability?  
    What should change?  
    What has the Government done to help? Did it work? 
  5. What changes can be made in our current policies and practices to protect First Nations people with disability? 
    Think about specific areas like the NDIS, the justice, health, and education system, and out-of-home care.  
  6. How has child protection or out-of-home care affected First Nations people and children with disability? 
    Use examples if you have any 
  7. How do First Nations communities protect and support their people with disability? 
    Can we also do these things in other First Nations communities? 
  8. Do we need more support and advocacy for First Nations people with disability? 
    Would a First Nations disability sector help with this? How would it work? 

If you have any other questions about the Royal Commission process, then you can email them or call 1800 517 199

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