Cultural Influences For Indigenous Youth, And Challenges Of Indigenous Australian Youth

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Indigenous Australian youth still face numerous difficulties growing up in a modern Australian society, even though they are living in a time of ‘equality’ for all religions, races and genders. This paper examines the main cultural influences for indigenous youth, and challenges they face growing up. In particular, it will explore the ways in which Indigenous youth today continue to be affected, connected and interdependent to both a dominant white culture and indigenous culture. It also includes the reasons why the indigenous youth of Australia continue to be marginalized, oppressed and stereotyped while growing up in a society that claims to be an egalitarian democratic country. Examples of Indigenous youth from the film ‘Yolngu Boy’ are used to explore this topic.

Marginalisation is still majorly effecting the indigenous youth of Australia by asserting indigenous Australians to become relegated. Since the colonisation of Australia which begun around 1788, many Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities still experience marginalisation. Aboriginal communities lost their land, were put into deprived areas, lost their source of profits, and were omitted from the employment market. Additionally, they were forced into segregation which meant that indigenous communities had lost their culture, values and their rights in society, therefore impacting on their identities. Many indigenous communities remain marginalised from society as a result of the growth of policies

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