Tomorrow’s launch of the Journey to Recognition is a chance to unite the nation in support of recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution, Oxfam Australia said today.
Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke, who is taking part in the launch at Federation Square, said she hoped Australians would get behind this historic journey around the country.
“This is a chance to be part of a historic movement for change that is long overdue,” Dr Szoke said.
“I’m taking part tomorrow because I see this as a great opportunity to unite all Australians to put right a great injustice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“Oxfam is right behind constitutional recognition of our nations’ First Peoples and we’ll be supporting the Journey as it moves around the country.
“I hope all Australians will join me in acknowledging the great contribution made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and take part in a journey towards a referendum on this issue in the next election cycle.”
AFL legend Michael Long will walk the first symbolic steps on a Journey to Recognition that will travel throughout the country to build support for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in our Constitution.
Dr Szoke said it was heartening to see public momentum building, as well as ongoing multi-party support.
“All parties need to continue to promote the importance of constitutional recognition,” she said.
“Change will not happen without continued leadership across the political spectrum and the support of the majority of Australians.
“In the end, it is everyday Australians who can change our nation’s founding document, which is why we’re encouraging people to get involved in this history-making movement.”
Take action for constitutional recognition of our nations’ First Peoples by signing our pledge: https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/act/support-the-constitutional-recognition-of-indigenous-australians/
To find out more about the Journey to Recognition go to the Recognise website: http://www.recognise.org.au
Oxfam Australia has supported opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to exercise their rights to basic social services, sustainable livelihoods, a strong voice and cultural diversity, for more than 30 years.
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