Not a didgeridoo-site as such, but an absolute must for all those who
feel they should help Australian Aborigines, and those who simply want
to inform themselves.
The ENIAR Mission Statement:
To promote the recognition and protection of the inherent rights and
fundamental freedoms of Indigenous Australians, with a particular emphasis
on their right to self-determination.
Highlight abuses of indigenous rights in Australia
Support Aboriginal initiatives to achieve recognition, human rights and
Work towards reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.
Mobilise public pressure on decision makers to end discrimination and
Network information relating to Indigenous rights, between Europe and
Organise awareness raising events and actions; with an emphasis on events/actions
that will coincide with events/actions in Australia.
Lobby relevant bodies to take action, eg MPs, Trade unions, Church groups.
Support Indigenous delegations to Europe (within the limits of a very
Produce up to date information materials, for circulation on the network.
What is ENIAR?
ENIAR formed in May 1998 from the Australian and European based work
of individuals and organisations, committed to human rights and social
justice for Indigenous Australians.
Organisations whose work formed the basis for ENIAR:
- National Indigenous Working Group on Native Title (NIWG);
- Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR);
- International Supporters of Australian Native Title (ISANT);
The NIWG is a national coalition of Indigenous organisations including
land councils, legal services, native title representative bodies, the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and the Indigenous Land
The Working Group was mandated to develop a position on proposed amendments
to the Native Title Act (NTA) and to present this to the government. Between
October 1997 and May 1998, the NIWG had a liason officer based in London.
ANTaR is a coalition of Australian individuals and organisations, including
major trade unions, churches, welfare groups and individuals.. Since it's
formation in 1997, it has grown into a nationwide people's movement which
stands in solidarity with Indigenous Australians. ANTaR was established
with the clear purpose of assisting Indigenous Australians fight to protect
native title as well as promoting reconciliation. ANTaR policies are developed
in conjunction with Indigenous leaderships, including the NIWG. ANTaR's
UK support group was formed in February 1998.
ISANT was formed in 1997 to raise international awareness of the Australian
Government's proposed changes to the Native Title Act.
Numerous individual people approached one of the above organisations to
offer their assistance, and became part of the network.