Archive for the ‘indigenous’ Category

Next Tuesday Uniting Church Chaplaincy at UOW is supporting a reconciliation event at the Brewery. On Tuesday April 29 at 7:00pm thousands of Australians are holding simultaneous Reconciliation GetTogethers across the country.

The aim is simple: to share our stories and our hopes for reconciliation and meet some new friends from our local community. So, you are invited to a discussion starting 7pm at the Brewery (Win Entertainment Centre) on the 29th April. Meals avail from $10-15 for those who wish to eat there.

This event is registered with GetUp, who are encouraging indigenous and non-indigenous people from all around Australia to get together on this night to talk about how we can make our country better for all.

You can RSVP directly to Michelle Ferguson or through http://www.getup.org.au/community/gettogethers/view.php?id=1026
or find a gathering closer to you at http://www.getup.org.au/community/gettogethers/series.php?id=17

Hope to see you there – and please feel free to pass this invite on to anyone you think may be interested in coming along.

Advertisements

Today we witnessed an amazing shift in the Australian psyche through the public recognition of Australia’s shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd unconditionally declared:

to the stolen generations I say the following:

As Prime Minister of Australia, I am sorry.

On behalf of the Government of Australia, I am sorry.

On behalf of the Parliament of Australia, I am sorry.

And I offer you this apology without qualification.

You can check out full audio of Rudd’s apology here: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/audio/audio/200802/20080213-rudd-apology.mp3

At the beginning of his speech Rudd made this stated:

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.

We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.

To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.

And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.

here’s video of the opening of his speech: http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200802/r223417_882357.asx

aboriginal town camps in Alice

Posted: August 23, 2007 in indigenous

here’s an interesting slideshow presentation from a journo who visited indigenous town camps in communities around Alice Springs. its from smh.com.au

just click on the image!