Let’s walk the talk
National Reconciliation Week 2014 (May 27 to June 3) has begun and the theme of this year’s event, ‘Let’s walk the talk’ encourages people to participate in reconciliation events and to familarise themselves with the Recognise campaign.
The campaign is building support for a yes vote when a referendum is held to officially recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Constitution.
Vinnies believes that while Constitutional recognition will not erase these many forms of injustice, it is a matter of deep sadness and shame for us as a nation that we have not yet taken this important step in our national journey of recognising the historical truth and honouring the First Peoples.
- May 27th, 2014 marked the 47th anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum held in 1967. That referendum saw over 90% of Australians vote ‘yes’ to give our Federal Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal people and to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the national census.
- National Sorry Day was held on May 26 this year. The day was first held in Sydney in 1998 and is now commemorated nationally to remember and honour the Stolen Generations.
- June 3 marks the historic 1992 Mabo decision in which the High Court of Australia recognised native title—the recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights over their lands did survive British colonisation.
How can I get involved?
- Learn more about Vinnies support for reconciliation and involvement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
- During National Reconciliation Week (NRW), you can participate in lots of activities and events that focus on the value of recognition.
- Share your NRW events and experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #NRW2014.