The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) has decided to focus on the Doctrine of Discovery.
But Michael Anderson, leader of the 3,000 strong Euahlayi People Aboriginal Nation in contemporary Australia, issued a warning about the study of the Doctrine: “we must be assured that this is not another move by the United Nations and their member states to formulate a strategy to interfere with Aboriginal moves to have this matter truly investigated by legal enquiry.”
Anderson is an ally in the study; but he’s cautious: “We must be diligent and constantly on alert to moves by the invader society leaders because they need to be re-assured that their position is maintained for the sake of a stable society that they rule over . . . .” He added, “The leaders of the dominant society are beginning to panic and make all the moves to pretend that they care and seek to correct the wrongs.”
Read more about this issue in Peter d’Errico’s Indian Country Today article.