Living Black: May 19

SBS TV Living Black Host Karla GrantThis week Living Black is in New York City as Karla Grant attends the 13th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

New York has been the meeting place for this recent gathering of Indigenous representatives from all over the world to work together for the rights of their people.

In this week’s special edition of the program, Karla delves into breaches to the United Nations declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples that have been raised by Indigenous Australians on the world stage at this important forum event. She features interviews from United Nation headquarters with Dalee Sambo Dorough, the newly elected chair of the permanent forum on Indigenous issues, and Professor Megan Davis, Australia’s only Indigenous expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Other reports on the program this week include:

Sovereignty: Indigenous Australians fight for sovereignty continues to this day.

A group in remote New South Wales and Queensland are pushing to be recognised as a separate sovereign state both nationally and internationally.

However locals in the area are questioning whether sovereignty is what is needed to empower their community. Laura Murphy- Oates reports on their findings and more this week.

Fight for Rights: The United Nations Declaration on the Rights on Indigenous Peoples is at the forefront of passionate discussions at the United Nations.

Governments are being criticised for not adhering to the United Nations declaration as the fight for human rights takes centre stage in New York this month.

Back home a group of young people are taking up their own fight through music.

Hannah Hollis has more.

Black Cockatoos: An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance company has captivated audiences with their traditional and contemporary fusion of dance and music.

The Black Cockatoos who are made up of performers from across Australia have used their unique storytelling style to highlight their culture on the international stage.

Liz Deep-Jones has more as she catches up with the musical troupe taking the 13th United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues by storm.

Mondays at 5pm on SBS ONE.

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