Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Brainstorm for Blog 1

Hi Everyone!

I have started thinking about which topic to tackle for my first blog, and while I am still undecided, I'm thinking about doing question 4, regarding the Government's recent intervention in the Northern Territory Indigenous communities. I lived up in Darwin for about six years, and during that time, I was able to witness and learn about (mainly through school) a number of different Indigneous activities and cultural traditions, such as Dreamtime and traditional art. It was then I also became aware of various other social aspects pertinent to the Indigenous community, particularly the need for improvement in areas of education and health, especially in rural communities. So at the moment, I am leaning towards this topic. I am currently in the early stages of gathering information on this recent intervention, but here are my thoughts so far.

1. Any intervention needs to be a long-term, commited approach, not a short-term project.
2. The approach needs to be holistic and focus on more than just policing the Indigenous communities. For example, ensuring there are sufficient health services, including access to medical treatment and psychological support services, including counselling.
3. Not making generalisations about Indigenous individuals' social behaviours, as this could heighten negative stereotypes and prejudice.

These are just some early thoughts. Any feedback would be welcomed.

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