Mililani Trask, JD, a native Hawaiian attorney and a member of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, delivered an invited address on the importance of the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism and APA's involvement in it.
She applauded APA's role in successfully advocating for the inclusion of psychological and mental health language in the conference's final document. She also called on APA to continue its fight against racism by using its expertise to support a number of critical indigenous people's issues including:
- Improved quality of and access to health and mental health services.
- Ethical standards for participatory action research with indigenous peoples.
- Passage of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Bertha Holliday, PhD, is APA's director of ethnic-minority affairs.