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2014 Australian of the Year

Adam Goodes mixes sorrow with celebration on Australia Day

Having been crowned Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes said he was extremely honoured to receive the award, describing himself as a ”very proud indigenous man” keen to fight racism in Australia.

What is the Australian of the Year Award?

Australia Day … is Survival Day

List of massacres of Indigenous Australians [1789 – 1928]

Please open with care. Please note, this link provides details of the death of hundreds of people, which is a small number of the thousands of Indigenous people who died.

Records are incomplete, and in some cases were destroyed to avoid punishment of those who committed these crimes. For many years this information was not freely available, was disputed until evidence was irrefutable, and many Australian’s continue to be reluctant to confront these shameful events in Australia’s history. 
They will not be forgotten.

Though incomplete, this Map of massacres provides an idea of the scale of the massacres.

The Stolen Generations are the Indigenous children who were stolen from their families. More links:

National Sorry Day Committee – Stolen Generations

Reconcilation – Stolen Generations Fact Sheet 

Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

On 10 August 1987 Prime Minister Hawke announced the formation of a Royal Commission to investigate the causes of deaths of Aboriginal people while held in State and Territory gaols. The Royal Commission was established in response to a growing public concern that deaths in custody of Aboriginal people were too common and poorly explained.

General information about Indigenous Australians and forced location onto designated areas: known as reserves & missions.

ALSO ….

Why it’s time to redefine Australia Day

Can we celebrate our nationhood in a spirit of genuine reconciliation? When acknowledgement of past wrongs is accompanied by a monumental gesture of racial progress?

Aamer Rahman (Fear of a Brown Planet) – Reverse Racism

Youtube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw_mRaIHb-M

aamerrahman.tumblr.com   Twitter: @aamer_rahman

 

 

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