Greens: Reflecting on 50 years of land rights activism since the tabling of Bark Petitions #Indigenous #idlenomore


Greens: Reflecting on 50 years of land rights activism since the tabling of Bark Petitions

Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues – Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert. 10 July 2013.

Reflecting on 50 years of land rights activism since the tabling of Bark Petitions, the Australian Greens look forward to the next phase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Constitutional recognition.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme, ‘We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963’, not only recognises the land rights campaign of the Yolungu people and but also emphasises the importance of the ongoing campaign to build support for Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

"As we reflect on this first recognition, we are also looking ahead to the future referendum on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution,” said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

"It is fantastic to see that the Journey to Recognition has arrived in Alice Springs and receiving such support on their journey.

"The Greens are committed to seeing our founding document recognise our nation’s First Peoples.

"I encourage everyone to visit Recognise.org.au and help build momentum towards a yes vote when we get to the referendum," Senator Siewert concluded.

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