1 June 2016
Over the last 25 years, Australia has achieved some significant milestones in its journey of reconciliation with its indigenous peoples. These include the establishment of native title, the Apology, the Closing the Gap framework and progress on constitutional recognition of First Australians.
While much goodwill and support for reconciliation is growing across the Australian community, racism, denial of rights, and a lack of willingness to come to terms with its history continue to overshadow the nation’s progress towards reconciliation.
The recent celebration of National Reconciliation Week highlighted a number of issues and related campaigns:
The campaign to RECOGNISE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution and ensure there's no place for racial discrimination in it.
The Close the Gap campaign which has the goal is to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
National Sorry Day an annual day of atonement for the perhaps well-intentioned but misguided policy that forcibly removed an estimated 50,000 children from their Aboriginal families between 1910 and the 1970s.