Know Your Human Rights Training

First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN) follows a human rights framework established by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples (UNDRIP) which guides our work.

Human rights are important knowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disabilities, their families and communities need to know and use in everyday life.

FPDN have developed a culturally safe ‘Know your Human Rights’ training workshop to empower community to understand how to use this knowledge and be confident to speak up for their rights.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) is a type of treaty or agreement between countries that requires governments around the world, including the Australian government, to work to ensure the rights of people with disability are recognised, respected, protected and fulfilled.

Our workshops are a safe space where you can learn, yarn and share stories about:

  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD)
  • The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples (UNDRIP)
  • The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
  • The Racial Discrimination Act (RDA)
  • The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability
Due to current restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ‘Know Your Human Rights’ training workshops in Victoria are currently on hold until further notice.

We will keep this page updated with any changes to our training delivery when it is safe to do so and in line with Government restrictions.

The safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families and communities remain our top priority.

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The United Nations has written a list of rights for people with disabilities called articles. These are your rights.

Created in partnership with FPDN and SARU.

Uncle Lester Bostock

Uncle Lester Bostock OAM

Uncle Lester paved the way for many Aboriginal journalists and filmmakers. He was a founding member of Black Theatre and Metro Screen, and later Radio Skid Row. His was the first Aboriginal voice heard on SBS radio. A scholarship for Aboriginal filmmakers is named in his honour. Many Aboriginal filmmakers credit Uncle Lester Bostock as a mentor and trailblazer. Uncle Lester Bostock was a driving force behind the Aboriginal disability rights movement. In 1991 Uncle Lester gave the Meares Oration where he raised the concept of intersectional discrimination in a paper titled ‘Access and equity for people with a double disadvantage’. Uncle Lester was a founding member and long-serving Board Member of the First Peoples Disability Network, the national peak representative organisation of and for First People with disability. 

“Uncle Lester Bostock was always generous with his time and wisdom. Our organisation is forever indebted to him. He was a humble man whose achievements were many and varied. We acknowledge all that he has done to improve the lives and opportunities of others. He leaves a lasting legacy.” Damian Griffis, CEO

The Know Your Human Rights project was created in honour of this extraordinary man and in continuing his vision of a just and inclusive society for First Peoples with disability.