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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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National Reconciliation Week

Australia sets aside the week between May 27 and June 3 to honor the culture and history of its Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and to promote reconciliation and forgiveness for the treatment that these indigenous peoples have suffered at the hands of white Australians. Since it was first held in 1996, National Reconciliation Week has featured various activities designed to promote understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, such as the People's Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2000. More...
sarah71
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Isn't it called Sorrow Day?
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 4:36:57 AM

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sarah71 wrote:
Isn't it called Sorrow Day?



Maybe you're thinking of this Day Of Mourning, 1938




What a terrible genocide, but no worse than North America, or ( sadly ) so many others. I do hope that it's doing some good, but I fear that it's largely symbolic. Tov, Ray, KP ? Your thoughts ?
Tovarish
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It is national 'Sorry Day' and is a beginning to reconciliation, many terrible things were done to our Aboriginal people post white settlement.

There are moves afoot to alter the Constitution to remove any taints of racism, Aboriginal people were not counted in the national census until post 1967 if I remember correctly.

I dont know that flag, it isnt the Aboriginal flag.
excaelis
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Canada also forcibly separated native children from their parents into " Residential Schools ". We've recently been going through the so-called " Truth And Reconciliation Hearings ". Harrowing is not the word. I think the powers that be are rather keener on the 'reconciliation' part, truth be told.

Now, if we can just get the Catholic Church to 'fess up...
Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 5:55:31 AM
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The 'Stolen Generation' was perpetrated by the Child Welfare Department and the churches that all thought they knew best for a child.

In moral danger was used as a cause/reason for removing children from their mothers, and some times I wonder if we understand Aboriginal people anymore today then we did then.

Aboriginal people have been treated as children through lack of understanding by governments and churches.

They are a very spiritual and complicated race, be that as it may we as a white race should have behaved in a more ethical way to our fellow man.

Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 7:24:09 AM
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Some statistics that are worrisome to everyone.

Indigenous people in Australia make up 2% of the population yet 26% of the prison population.

The homicide levels within Indigenous communities are 15 times greater than non-indigenous communities.

Levels of incarcerations as adults are 12.9 times and juveniles 23 times higher than the non-indigenous community.

These statistics are from The Australian Institute of Criminology.
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Reconciliation is about unity and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians. It is about respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and valuing justice and equity for all Australians.
Absurdicuss
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Governments always think that they know what is best for people.

To quote Ronald Reagan - One of the scariest things that can happen to a citizen is a bureaucrat at the door saying I'm from the government and I'm here to help.


HOORAY for the Aussies and Canucks who have moved toward trying to make amends for crimes past.


One more note @ mona, by this time everyone in Australia is indigenous. Dancing
Tovarish
Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:21:02 PM
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I feel the only thing I can do is have Indigenous friends and treat all people as equals, of all races.

This has been my policy through school and in my adult life.

There is a government policy of 'Bridging the Gap', the policy acts upon Indigenous health, alcohol and drug abuse, and school attendance.

The policy advocates further education as another a way to bridge the gap.
excaelis
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In Canada we have reserves which have some level of self-government ( rather like open-plan zoos, really - " Well, Deirdre, I'm sure the poor dear animals are happier than in cages..."). Same in Aus.?
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Lets give them what is rightfully theirs. Lets walk the talk as the theme is for this year reconciliation week.
Gary98
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Shamshad Ali Afridi wrote:
Lets give them what is rightfully theirs. Lets walk the talk as the theme is for this year reconciliation week.


Where are we going to live if we do as you say? Be considerate, man!
striker
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that what we should celebrate more racial harmony
monamagda
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:00:34 PM

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Even though Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were in Australia long before anyone else; they haven't always been treated the same as other Aussies, or had the same rights. For a long time, they weren't allowed to go to the same schools, shops and hospitals as non-indigenous people and they weren't even counted as part of Australia's population.



Over the years some things have got better, but some still reckon the country has a lot of work to do to make sure everyone's getting the same level of respect, understanding, and the same opportunities. That's why, every year, schools, governments and organisations talk about reconciliation.

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4239944.htm
johnfl
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IM SO SORRY MISTER BILL ON THE HILL, WITH JUST ONE PILL TO LAST THE NIGHT OR LEVY SOME PLIGHT.
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Let's keep on moving forward with Goodwill and celebrating Humanity. Mates
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