Posted: June 6th, 2014
On the 11th July the Inaugural Indigenous Australians in the Resources Sector Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Perth.
Held during NAIDOC week, the forum is free and open to all Indigenous men and women who are working in the mining, oil and gas or related industries.
For more information or to register you interest to attend the forum please see the information sheet and registration form below.
Posted: June 3rd, 2014
Today marks 22 years since the landmark decision Mabo v. Queensland (No 2). That High Court decision overturned the doctrine of terra nullius, which was the legal fiction that Australia was unoccupied land when the British arrived, and had allowed Australian governments to ignore Aboriginal land rights for so long. The High Court found that native title exists, and that traditional owners have rights to the land, in accordance with traditional systems of law, except where those rights have been expressly extinguished (for example, through private ownership).
As a result of the High Court decision, the Federal Government, led by Prime Minister Paul Keating, introduced the Native Title Act 1993 to say how native title can be recognised.
The anniversary of the High Court decision, 3 June, is a public holiday in the Torres Strait every year, and also marks the end of National Reconciliation Week.
Posted: May 30th, 2014
National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.
The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.
To learn more, get involved, and access resources to share, visit http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/
Posted: July 21st, 2013
Reconciliation Australia is now offering a free online Indigenous Governance Toolkit.
The Indigenous Governance Toolkit is an online resource developed for Indigenous nations, communities, individuals and organisations searching for information to build their governance. It covers all the basics – your rules, values, culture, membership, leadership, and decision making – and has many examples of ideas that work from other groups, tools to help you get started, and useful guidance to sustain your efforts. You can use the toolkit in many different ways, depending on your circumstances and needs.