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We live in urban streets and suburbs too' : the growing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in urban areas

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Bronwyn Fredericks
The locations and settings in which Australian Indigenous people live varies, however over 70 % of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia now live in urban or regional urban areas (ABS 2001). Over half of the total population lives in Queensland and New South Wales. The 2001 Census data indicates that 25 957 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or 23% of the Queensland Indigenous population were living in the greater Brisbane area.There are other sizeable urban Indigenous populations along the Queensland coast including Wide Bay, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns. The statistics demonstrate that living in urban centres is as much part of reality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as living in a remote discrete Aboriginal community. Historically, discrete rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have been the focus of most of the research conducted with Indigenous populations. These locations have provided researchers with an easily identifiable study population. However, unlike rural and remote communities, identifying and accessing urban Indigenous communities can be much more difficult despite the growing number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in urban areas. Limited research has been undertaken on the issues that impact on urban Indigenous communities or have explored methods of undertaking research with urban Indigenous communities. This paper will explore the need for urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused research and the issues in working with urban Indigenous people.

History

Parent Title

Seachange - new and renewed urban landscapes : 9th Australasian Urban History/Planning Conference : proceedings of the conference held at Events Centre, Caloundra, February 2008

Start Page

1

End Page

1

Number of Pages

1

Start Date

2008-01-01

ISBN-13

9780980474404

Location

Caloundra, Queensland

Publisher

University of the Sunshine Coast

Place of Publication

Maroochydore, Qld

Peer Reviewed

  • No

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Name of Conference

Australasian Urban History / Planning History Conference