National Reconciliation Week commemorates significant milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum which amended the Constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census; and the High Court judgement in the historic Mabo Case that introduced the legal doctrine of native title into Australian law, respectively.
This period also marks the fourth anniversary of the Uluru Statement from the Heart at Yulara in the Northern Territory, when Aboriginal leaders from across the nation first proposed structural reforms to address the challenges experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia.
In Newman, we are reflecting on Martu and Nyiyaparli coming together to sign the Ngaa Ngayunkurnu Kapukurri - This is Our Dream Cultural Compact. This historic and exciting Cultural Compact is an invitation to all people, communities, organisations and government to walk forward in a new way acknowledging Nyiyaparli and Martu land, culture, language and law. This new journey is one of mutual respect, inclusive decision-making and increased access to opportunities.
To join the movement and travel together to a shared future, add your signature to the Ngaa Ngayunkurnu Kapukurri - This is Our Dream Cultural Compact.
Read about the historic date in July 2020 when the Cultural Compact was signed here.
If you’d like to hear more about the Cultural Compact you can get in touch with us here.
There are many other ways we can all take action with the Uluru Statement from the Heart to push for enshrining an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.
You can find some of them here.
Reconciliation Australia has compiled a compiled a list of 20 actions you can take for reconciliation here.