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NAIDOC Week celebrates hard-fought struggles

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia has, in NAIDOC Week, saluted the historical efforts of Australia’s First Peoples in striving for a stronger future for all Australians, built on justice and mutual respect.

Chief Executive Dr John Falzon said: “We respectfully invite members of the community to join us in marking NAIDOC Week 2012 (July 1 to 8) and to recognise the hard-fought efforts of Australia’s First Peoples for self-determination and recognition.

“This Week also serves as a reminder that we cannot afford to revisit the harsh regimes and racist policies of the past. Sadly this is a lesson that we appear not to have learnt given the passing of the Stronger Futures legislation last week.”

The St Vincent de Paul Society National President, Anthony Thornton, reiterated that the St Vincent de Paul Society stands firmly for hope despite such setbacks as the Stronger Futures legislation.

“We need to be a nation of hope,” said Mr Thornton. “This is why we must never be afraid to speak out against injustice.”

Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians continue to mark NAIDOC Week, which was originally named after National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). The theme of NAIDOC Week 2012 is ‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on’.

To find out more about NAIDOC Week go to http://www.naidoc.org.au

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