National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights organisation ANTaR today honours and pays its respects to the connection to land and sea of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
National Director Andrew Meehan said the week was a great opportunity for all Australians to pause, learn about, and pay respects to the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander country, particularly that on which we walk and live each day, or travel through on a regular basis.
Advocacy organisation ANTaR said the tabling of the Final Report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was another milestone in moves towards a referendum.
National Director Mr Andrew Meehan said the Report formed an important part of the national conversation needed to finalise a proposal to put to a referendum.
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Relationships have been built, trust and respect has widened and there exists today a greater awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and our shared histories, than what existed in the decades that preceded the turn of the century.
This week is an opportunity to renew our commitment to reconciliation, and reflect on how far we have come as well as the journey ahead towards a reconciled nation.
The National Justice Coalition today expressed concern that the Budget failed to include the targeted investment needed to change the record on the crisis levels of imprisonment and violence currently being experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. read the Media Release from the Change the Record Campaign here.
National Director Andrew Meehan stands in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people against this unfair budget for First Australians at a press conference called this morning by the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.
For more details on ANTaR's response to the budget please read here.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights advocacy organisation ANTaR said that tonight’s Budget failed the test of addressing the uncertainty, upheaval and cuts in Indigenous Affairs from the past 12 months. Read ANTaR's statement here.
It's time for sustained, ongoing engagement, education, and taking action from non-Indigenous Australians. Professor Larissa Behrendt and ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan discuss the need for solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in this Guardian piece. Read here.
This is an reminder that rallies are taking place across Australia (and the world) TODAY to stop the forced closure of Aboriginal Communities in Western Australia.
Find a rally near you here.
ANTaR supporters will be heading to rallies around the country.
Today ANTaR joins campaign partners to launch 'Change the Record' a national campaign to address the shocking rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ imprisonment and experience of violence. Join us and take the Pledge Today
ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan talked to 2SER recently about the the Prime Minister’s comments that showed enormous disrespect and a complete lack of understanding of connection to land, the importance of culture, and the positive impact of both on health and wellbeing.