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Close the Gap (2020)

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Constitution reform to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the nations Constitution

Anangu elders perform at the Closing Ceremony, Uluru Statement of the Heart
The last few years have seen a growing feeling that the Constitution needs to be brought up to date to reflect the reality of Australia in the 21st century.

We say: No more preventable deaths

The Close the Gap Campaign has warned that only systemic reform will make up for the harrowing failure of the last 12 years of government policy on closing the gaps in health equity, social and economic disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Failure to close the gap puts Indigenous communities at increased risk

The Close the Gap Campaign is cancelling its public events to mark Close the Gap Day on Thursday 19 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to endure higher levels of illness and higher levels of comorbidity. We have three times the rate of preventable admissions to hospital, overcrowded housing and a lack of access to basic health services in many areas. 

NAIDOC Week 2020

2020 theme: Always Was, Always Will Be.

Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.

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National Reconciliation Week 2020

National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May – 3 June.

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Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) at WOW Australia 2020

A talk at the WOW Australia 2020 festival. The ethos of the Women of the World (WOW) Festival is a major global festival that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles they face, where hundreds of women’s stories could be shared, feelings vented, fun had, minds influenced and hearts expanded.

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Anniversary of National Apology Day

On 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd publically apologised, on behalf of the Federal Government, to the Stolen Generations – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities by successive colonial and Australian governments.

The Stolen Generations refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities as children.

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Remote employment and participation for Indigenous peoples (2018)

Australian Human Rights Commission Submission to the Discussion Paper: Remote Employment and Participation

 

Children’s Commissioner to Launch Final Report

Australia’s first Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell will on Monday launch her final report – one of the most comprehensive assessments of children’s rights ever produced in Australia. 

The report makes clear that the mental health of Australian children is not being cared for sufficiently and that Governments must do more to ensure children’s wellbeing.