The Sea of Hands came on the back of a Citizen’s Statement on Native Title which was a petition circulated by ANTaR to mobilise non-Indigenous support for native title and reconciliation.
The installation involved hundreds of volunteers planting 50,000 hands planted in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags directly in front of the nation’s parliament. It was a powerful statement of support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Three years ago tomorrow, a 22 year old Aboriginal woman with her whole life ahead of her - Ms Dhu, died in a Western Australian Police lock up from a fatal infection stemming from a cracked rib arising from a family violence injury.
Ms Dhu had been locked up for unpaid fines for three days, and as the WA Coroner found, had been treated inhumanely by police. This tragic death was inhumane, avoidable and preventable.
It’s been 12 months today since the ABC’s Four Corners program shocked the nation when it shone light on the horrific abuse of children at the NT’s Don Dale youth detention centre.
Few people would forget the sickening image of a young Aboriginal child Dylan Voller hooded and shackled to a chair at Don Dale.
Last night we witnessed a complete lack of urgency and substance in the Federal Budget to address the ongoing disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Budget is all about priorities, and the government has failed to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the nation’s First Peoples.
Tomorrow night, Treasurer Scott Morrison will stand in front of the nation and deliver the 2017 Federal Budget. It will lay out the priorities for investment and cuts, and we’ll be watching closely.
In meetings with the government, and with the help of our supporters who have tirelessly written to MPs, we’ve made it clear time and time again that you can’t cut from those most in need.
On 14 February 2017 we witnessed history. Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-Chair of National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, handed the Prime Minister the Redfern Statement in a landmark ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.
- Next week we are working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to take the Redfern Statement to Parliament House and hand it directly to the Prime Minister.
National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today called for immediate action to address the systemic and individual failures in the justice system, in light of the Ms Dhu Coronial Inquest findings.
I can’t remember a year when the challenges of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have so forcefully thrust themselves into the public consciousness.
It was a year that saw numerous high profile cases of racism against First Peoples emerge, in a nation that should have stared down and ended such discrimination long ago.