An online survey from the Aboriginal Peoples’ Commission found that just under half of respondents (46%) said they heard at least one social construct mentioned in their daily life, including: Aboriginal people are always responsible for their actions and actions speak for themselves Aboriginal people have more social support than non-Aboriginal people because of the treaties and treaties are good to the people that live here Aboriginal people tend to be more active in community matters than non‑Aborigs Answering the survey was difficult due to the lack of information from the community, which was also difficult due the fact that some of the respondents were not speaking English.
However, the survey also found that Aboriginal people often see a lack of support from others as a sign of a lack and/or the lack is a source of their frustration.
The survey also asked respondents to rate how much they would give to help someone in need of help, including the use of resources to help them and how much the use would cost.
A total of 483 people responded to the survey.
The most common social construct that respondents reported hearing was the concept of responsibility and the idea that Aboriginal communities are always under the control of the non‑Indigenous majority.
Responses to the questionnaire were consistent across all groups.
For example, respondents in all Aboriginal groups said that if someone has a problem, they should be able to report it to Aboriginal people (50%).
Respondents in Indigenous groups said the same, and respondents in the non-Indigenous groups said they would report the issue to Aboriginal authorities.
Respondents also indicated that Aboriginal elders are in a position to help Aboriginal people in a way that non‑Annys would not, but that they would not be asked to.
Respondent responses also showed that Indigenous people were more likely to say that Aboriginal leaders are better equipped to handle the problem, with 51% of respondents saying that Aboriginal leadership has the capability to deal with a problem.
The Aboriginal Peoples Commission (APC) has also asked the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to fill out the survey, which will be released in the next couple of weeks.
The survey also revealed that, in general, people feel less connected to Aboriginal culture and history than non–Indigenous people.
In fact, while a majority of people (55%) said that Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islanders have a great deal of connection with Aboriginal culture, only 35% said the two groups have a lot of connection.
The APC is currently collecting information from Aboriginal people to ensure that the survey has the best possible sample to help determine how Aboriginal people view their culture and how well the survey reflects Aboriginal culture.
More information: The Aboriginal People’s Commission is an independent non-governmental agency that works with Aboriginal people and communities to ensure Aboriginal people’s rights are respected and to promote the development of Aboriginal and Indigenous cultural practices.
Aboriginal Peoples are recognised as the first peoples in Australia, and they live in Australia on the land and in the waters.
They are the first people to have their own language and the first to have an independent legal system.
Aboriginal people comprise more than 65 per cent of Australia’s population and the majority of Aboriginal people live in the Torres Strait region.