Lester Irabinna Rigney On Children’s Voices In Treaty

On today’s program, we speak to Professor Lester Irabinna Rigney after a forum held at SAHMRI on the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week – Voice Treaty Truth.

Professor Rigney is a researcher who is investigating the rights of the child, looking at different ways we can improve the disparities between Aboriginal Children and non-Aboriginal Children. He says that Australia has ‘educational amnesia’ and that we urgently need to develop a culturally responsive schooling that recognises the knowledge and intelligence that all children bring to school.

He argues that Aboriginal children should have a direct voice in the development of any treaty.