NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrates the contribution Aboriginal Women make to our culture. Strong, influential and at the forefront of change.
For many Aboriginal people this year’s Reconciliation Week theme of ‘Don’t keep history a mystery’ will allow them to exhale and release so many stories embedded into their existence.
Learning Australian history in a classroom is one thing, but hearing the stories of the oldest continuous surviving culture in the world is entirely another.
What an achievement it would be that one day, all Australian children can wake up with the same chance to reach their potential, regardless of their race, location or economic status.
When I was at school, Australian history started with Abel Tasman in 1642 and Captain Cook in 1770. From our text books these were the “civilised” people who “found” our country – although I always wondered how something could be found if it wasn’t technically “lost” in the first place.
The theme for National Reconciliation Week is “let’s take the next steps”. An important concept. However, Andrew Olsen argues it is wishful thinking to believe we can focus on moving forward without recognising and addressing the current issues of our Indigenous peoples.
Supporting reconciliation means working to overcome the division (often called the gap) and the inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
When you ask the majority of Australians to describe an Indigenous person their standard definition involves some reference to colour. But Tahlia Burgoyne knows it is relationships and country that really define Indigenous Australians.
Saturday marked the start of National Reconciliation Week. This year the bookends are significant anniversaries of milestone events in the reconciliation journey. Peter Nash, KPMG chairman shares his vision for a reconciled Australia.
Australians of today are not directly responsible for what happened in the past. But it is part of our shared history.