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Indigenous Peoples in a New World Order: The Present and Future Life of Indigenous Peoples of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S.A.

Paul Kauffman.

During the past 200 – 400 years many indigenous societies were devastated by European settlement of their lands, but many have survived and regrouped. The paper investigates:
- changing perceptions of indigenous people in four modern nations of the new world during the past 380 years,
- which indigenous groups are surviving and prospering now,
- what are the social and cultural implications of globalization. How will indigenous peoples balance scientific and commercial priorities with a desire to retain their cultures, languages and traditions.

How have indigenous communities established an economic, social and cultural niche that they feel comfortable with, and which allows their people to realize their potential as strong and fulfilled human beings. What strength and protection do these communities possess in the long term, and what can they teach the rest of humanity in a new world order.


Paul Kauffman  (Australia)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Advisor, ATSIC
Australian Centre for Regional and Local Government Studies
University of Canberra

Paul Kauffman has traveled with Australian indigenous leaders in North America and New Zealand.
He has administered indigenous housing, land, heritage and cultural programs since 1985.
He was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Canberra in 1997 and worked in multicultural affairs in Australia and at the OECD in Europe in 2000-2002. He has investigated diversity and international business in North America and Europe.
His recent books are Wik, Mining and Aborigines Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1998, and Travelling Aboriginal Australia: Discovery and Reconciliation Hyland House, Melburne, 2000.
Memberships: FAIM, FASA, ISA, AIATSIS.

  • Indigenous
  • History
  • Economy
  • Business
  • Globalisation
  • Social indicators
  • Racism.

(30 min Conference Paper, English)