You are required to read and reflect on the United Nations DEpartment of Economic and Social Affairs report titled "The Impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples".
You are then required to write a 1800 – 2000 word report on the impact and implications of COVID-19 on Indigenous peoples. We've provided some guidance below on searching for information to support your report.
You are required to identify specific examples of the ways COVID-19 has impacted Aboriginal communities - including Aboriginal community health services. You are also required to demonstrate an understanding of the value Aboriginal business has to the community and the economy, and an understanding of responsible business practices focused on Indigenous people – both in Australia and globally.
The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation is the leadership body that represents Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations. The NACCHO website is a good starting point to gain an understanding of the work of Aboriginal community health services.
Australian Government websites provide useful information on Aboriginal businesses that can be used as a starting point for your research.
Recommended database to search: Google search
Recommended source types: Government Reports
site:.gov.au (Indigenous OR Aboriginal OR First Nations) AND business
Recommended database to search: ProQuest
(Indigenous OR Aboriginal OR First Nations) AND "corporate social responsibility"
(Indigenous OR Aboriginal OR First Nations) AND ("responsible business practices" OR "corporate social responsibility")
This part of the assignment requires you to identify economic, social and business discrepancies between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and their underlying causes. You are required to discuss the impact of these discrepancies on business and society as a whole.
The Australian Government’s Closing the Gap report provides some background reading on this topic.
Recommended source types: Journal articles
equity AND (Aboriginal OR Indigenous OR Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) AND Australia*
Note: You could also substitute ‘equity’ with specific kinds of inequality that you have uncovered through your research.
You might like to think about how issues specific to the COVID-19 pandemic outlined in the UN report may have impacted existing inequality, for example border closures and travel restrictions to remote communities. While there have been some journal articles published on this topic, you won't find many as the issue is still ongoing and there's been limited time for research and the publication process. You may find more information from newspaper articles and media reports.
Recommended database to search: Library catalogue
Recommended source types: Journal articles, newspaper articles and news reports
(travel restriction OR border closure) AND (covid OR coronavirus) AND (Aboriginal OR Indigenous OR Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) AND Australia*
You could also substitute 'border closures' with other COVID-19 impacts that you have uncovered through your background reading and research.