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Project 10% was an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-led campaign aimed at reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland prisons. The campaign was conceived in 2009 at a forum of Elders, service organisations and supporters, and officially launched as Project 10% in 2010. The campaign aimed to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment by 10% a year for 10 years.
The five key action areas identified by Project 10% were:
Project 10% lobbied the Queensland Premier, Attorney General, Opposition Leader and other key ministers and policy makers to meet targets for reducing imprisonment and to support programs that increase community strength and resilience. In particular, the campaign sought to identify imprisonment-reduction solutions that are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led. These solutions focused on culture and healing, and strived to incorporate the views of country people. Project 10%'s methodological approach was to consult with Elders, people working in, and affected by the legal system, communities and services, to ask 'What works?', 'What would work if properly resourced and supported?' and 'What is missing?'.
The campaign released a set of printed resources including the booklet Wundirra: standing in the light of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The booklet features the voices and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The booklet is a product of PhD research, co-funded by the Lowitja Institute, on the role of families and service providers in supporting Aboriginal people released from prison in Queensland.
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This resource is a printed booklet produced by Project 10%, an organisation that campaigns to lower the number of Indigenous prisoners in Queensland jails. The booklet was written by Megan Williams, one of the directors of Project 10%, using stories gathered as part of her PhD research into the role of families and service providers in supporting Indigenous people released from prison in Brisbane.
One of the purposes of this booklet is to provide mainstream service providers and policy makers with an opportunity to directly hear the perspectives of Indigenous people who are involved in prisoner support and prisoner reduction. The booklet highlights the leadership shown by Indigenous people and the success of solutions that are community led and developed.
The booklet was launched by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.
The resource is no longer available online, and Project 10% has been completed.
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