Saturday, November 06, 2010

Indigenous Geography Dot Net: a new website for IP geogers

A great new website is up and running to represent Indigenous Geographers in 'e' space. Its mission statement?

"To foster pure and applied geographic research and geographic education that involves the indigenous peoples of the world, past and present. To encourage approaches to research and teaching that empower indigenous peoples, and to help build relationships of mutual trust between communities of indigenous peoples and academic geographers."

While not wanting to be accused of biological essentialism, there are great affinities between indigenous people and the discipline of geography, ironic given the strong role geography and its maps had in colonisation. Great to see this, and we all, I'm sure, look forward to contributing and seeing it succeed.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Maori unemployment still crap

Wll another good news report from the bowels of the National-Maori-ACT coalition and its media lap dogs: unemployment drops to 6.4%.

Of course, as I've said before, there actually isn't an unemployment problem in Aotearoa/NZ, there is a racism problem.

For Maori, the rate for the September quarter was 16.2%, compared with just 4.3% for what is still anachronistically called the 'European' sector. (I'm sure a lot of Euro nations would love to have 4.3% unemployment!).

Anyways, its bad people, very bad...Maori youth unemployment of over 30% (Which means over 60% in some regions), and an environment of worsening working conditions (my employer is offering 1.8% from January next year, with expected inflation of 4.8% next year.

Simon Lambert

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