Happy NAIDOC week! Do you know what NAIDOC stands for? It was originally the acronym for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee when it was for a day – now we have a full week (and a bit in some states/territories).
It’s NAIDOC Week, Yawuru woman and ANTaR Board Director, Shannan Dodson, suggests 10 ways to positively and respectfully interact with First Nations issues, and in support of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters.
With the release of the Australian Reconciliation Barometer just over a week ago, I was heartened to see an increasing support for reconciliation and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have a say in their own affairs.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and our supporters, we’re often worn down by the endless cycle of bad news, bad policy or government not listening to us.
It has been interesting to observe the debate about what today, 26 Jaunary, means for us as a nation and individually.
Sunday 10th December marked 25 years since the landmark Keating Redfern Speech. It was a speech that told the truth.
Coming from a Prime Minister, it was a truth that could not be unsaid, a truth that formed the foundation for moving forward together on the journey towards a reconciled nation. He said: