Letter writing to support rethinking our National Holiday

What to do

Writing to your local councillors and directly expressing your views is as grassroots as campaigns get. 

It’s the most effective way your elected officials can learn what’s important to you and your family.

Please support Australia’s First Nations people and underscore how divisive it is to hold a festive celebration of national identity on the anniversary of the invasion of their lands.

To start: To get the right contact details to reach the councillors directly check your councils website for their direct contact details. This list may help you get there.

Don’t forget to provide your name and return address so they can identify you as a resident and send you a reply.

What to say

Its up to you of course, its easy to find information on the issue on our website, google or the media. However, we’ve prepared some words you might like to consider.

Dear Councillor,

I am writing to you to express my support for more dialogue on what 26 January means for all Australians and most specifically for the First Peoples of our community.

In the spirit of truth-telling and reconciliation, I call on Council to consider how it sensitively deals with official activities on 26 January and that we create space for dialogue with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander citizens in our community, their leaders and elders.

A day of national celebration must be a day that unifies us rather than divides us.

Thanks for your consideration

Let us know how you go 

We’re keen to hear how you get on and to consolidate information about what is happening and where. Please let us know if you get a reply or see any progress in your local area. You reach our team by email on [email protected].

Finally, if you haven’t already take or renew your pledge not to celebrate our national holiday on 26 January. Thank you, as always, we appreciate your efforts.

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