NAIDOC RECONCILIATION WEEK
27 May - 3 JUNE
Each year, Australia celebrates National Reconciliation Week (NRW) from 27 May to 3 June, to reflect and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. This week is also an opportunity to remember those who have fought—and still fight—for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and assure all Australians that the unity of our nation is our greatest strength.
This year Australia’s NRW marks the 50th Anniversary of the successful 1967 Referendum (27 May) and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision (3 June). These anniversaries commemorate two significant events in the nation’s history.
On 27 May 1967, the Australian Government held a successful referendum, which saw over 90% of Australian voting “yes”, to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and recognize them in the national census. This is the strongest 'Yes' vote of any constitutional referendum before or since.
The Mabo High Court decision was a landmark moment in the history of land rights, overturning the doctrine of “terra nullius” (empty land – or land that belongs to nobody). On 3 June 1992, the High Court of Australia ruled that terra nullius should not have been applied at the time of European settlement. This decision legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights to the land – rights that can still exist today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native title.
The National Reconciliation Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to come together and celebrate our shared history, reinforce the importance of Indigenous cultures to our nation’s history and reaffirm commitments to our reconciliation journey.
For more information visit: http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/
The Australian Embassy in Pohnpei is currently offering Direct Aid Program (DAP) grants. The grants are for community-run projects in Palau, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia focused on addressing basic needs in the areas of health, education, gender equality and poverty reduction.
Applications for DAP grants can be submitted anytime during the year. For further details and to apply, click here: http://fsm.embassy.gov.au/phpi/110110.html
Thursday 26 January 2017