It’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) – a week that commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. This is a week in which all Australians come together to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. This is a time where we can all join in on a national reconciliation effort. And, at the same time, we have the closing of Aboriginal communities across WA, the forcible shut down of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at The Block in Redfern, vigilante-style ‘forces’ setting up against Aboriginal people in Alice Springs ‘ with members voicing their opinions about “typical dirty black fucks” on Facebook. National Reconciliation Week?
People from all over Australia, black and white, have converged on Myall Creek. In 1838 white settlers murdered 28 Aboriginal men, women and children near Myall Creek Station. For the first time in history some killers were tried and hanged. The massacre is a harrowing reminder of Australia’s colonial violence. Source: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/myall-creek-massacre-1838#ixzz3cpGGyvIE
The families of three Aboriginal children murdered in Bowraville more than two decades ago have welcomed a review into the New South Wales double jeopardy laws. In the early 1990s three beautiful Aboriginal children were murdered near Coffs Harbour over a five month period in a series of crimes which still remain unsolved. While a man has been identified as the prime suspect and has been separately tried and acquitted for two of the murders, the double jeopardy laws have prevented all the cases being held together.
Today we commemorate Eddie Koiki Mabo’s ten year campaign for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights, which led to the High Court overturning the untruth of terra nullius on 3 June 1992. And, congratulations to Susan Anne Hamilton, the first Torres Strait Islander to appear in the High Court, and to have won the case for commercialising fishing rights under Native Title. What remarkable Torres Strait Islanders!