Equity

Equity

Equity is equal opportunity. It is social justice.

"Social justice is what faces you in the morning. It is awakening in a house with adequate water supply, cooking facilities and sanitation. It is the ability to nourish your children and send them to school where their education not only equips them for employment but reinforces their knowledge and understanding of their cultural inheritance. It is the prospect of genuine employment and good health: a life of choices and opportunity, free from discrimination". - Mick Dodson

Equity is the entitlement of the same civic and human rights and access to services no matter who you are and no matter where you live on the Island.

Equity means freedom from discrimination based on gender, language, ethnicity, religion or disability; and of differences arising from a person's socio-economic background or geographic location.

Equity is the rights of the individual. These rights are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN) and in the  UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and must always be ratified into law as a Bill of Rights.


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With equal rights comes equal responsibilities. Such responsibilities include, upholding the sovereignty of the Hela Culture: its language, values and traditions.

 


A grave misconception about Equity

A grave misconception about Equity is that it can apply equally among cultural groups as it does among individuals. This is not so. Subverting the notion of Equity by proclaiming that non-indigenous cultures should have equal status to the indigenous culture in the indigenous environment is socially unjust and creates conflict.

Every indigenous culture has an inherent right of sovereignty in its land of evolution. This right of sovereignty serves to preserve and protect the indigenous culture in its own land. If a non-indigenous culture succeeds in gaining 'equity' in the indigenous environment, the result is a cultural invasion that eventually wipes out the indigenous culture.

Equity, enshrined in civic rights and human rights that apply to the individual should never be confused with the right of sovereignty that applies to the indigenous culture. In Heladiva, the indigenous Hela Culture has the right of sovereignty over all other vibrant ethnic cultures (as it is in Sweden, France, Japan, Tamil Nadu etc.). Undermining this right of sovereignty leads to conflict.