Walk the talk
Reconciliation Week 2014 ended on the 3rd of June leaving us with some good works to do. The theme of this celebration was "let's walk the talk" encouraging us to work together with Aboriginal and Torres Islander people on projects for excluded and marginalised Australians as well as supporting advocacy campaigns specific to Indigenous Australians. Examples of such cooperative undertakings are::
- the Indigenous Immersion Program, a two week reality stay by a group of Vincentians with an Aboriginal Community living in remote Northern Territory
- the Recognise Campaign which is designedto build support for a "yes vote" if and when a referendum is held to give official recognition to aboriginal and Torres Islander People in the Australian Constitution.
The St Vincent de Paul Society has criticised successive governments for not holding this referendum and states " it is a matter of deep sadness and shame for us as a nation that we have not yet taken this important step in our national journey of recognising the historical truth and honouring the First Peoples".
For more detail, visit www.vinnies.org.au, click on Our Impact, then click Indigenous Australia and read on.