Councillor on her way to UN

NSW Aboriginal Land Council's North Coast region representative, Patricia Laurie, has been nominated to join a delegation to the eighth session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues.

Councillor Laurie will leave Australia for the first time in her life, heading to New York where her main areas of focus for the 2009 forum will be urban Aboriginal women and migration and the rights of Aboriginal people.

“This is a great honour and I intend to take full advantage of this opportunity by ensuring that key issues are raised,” Councillor Laurie said.

“Australia's Aboriginal people have had a long historical role of leadership at UN Indigenous forums and I will be moving to ensure Australia maintains that leadership role at the permanent forum,” she said.

“It is the world's premier forum, where the world's indigenous people can attempt to gain some measure of justice.”

Councillor Laurie heads to Sydney next week to receive training and discuss the issues that will be raised at the forum that include economic and social development, women and migration, human rights and land tenure.

Four members of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, including a youth representative, will make the trip to New York for the 11-day forum that begins on May 18.

“I believe the UN is the best vehicle for the promotion of international peace and the protection and promotion of the rights of the world's disadvantaged peoples,” Councillor Laurie said.



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