The Guardian May 24, 2000


Corroboree 2000 Sharing Our Future
Reconciliation & recognition

On the May 28 the largest ever demonstration of support for 
reconciliation with Indigenous Australians will be held.  Marches, concerts 
and other events have been organised all around Australia as part of 
Reconciliation Week, May 27  June 3.

We must march to demonstrate our support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait 
Islander calls for FULL reconciliation and recognition of their rights as 
the first occupiers and owners of the land.

This includes respecting and recognising continuing customary laws, beliefs 
and traditions and ending forever the policies of discrimination and 
racism.

John Howard's proposal for reconciliation is an inadequate and contemptible 
document. It implies that the Aboriginal people should reconcile themselves 
to the existing state of affairs and accept the dispossession, suppression, 
neglect and other humanitarian crimes perpetrated against them in the past.

So make your voice heard. Join the people's marches and actions during 
Reconciliation Week.

NSW: (ph 1800 060 266)

Sydney 28th May March Across the Harbour Bridge. Start at Nth Sydney 
railway station between 8am and 12 noon and finish at Darling Harbour for 
free all-day entertainment. John Howard, the Reconciliation Minister Phil 
Ruddock, and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Senator Herron will be attending 
this march. Show up and take the opportunity to let them know in person 
your dissatisfaction with the Government's policy and handling of the 
reconciliation process.

VIC (ph 1800 060 265)

Melbourne 26th May Victorian Stolen Generations Rally. Meet at 
Treasury Gardens at 10.30am for march through city streets.  Followed by 
event at the Treasury Gardens.

Ballarat 27th May Journey Of Healing Rally. Meet at Sturt St Rotunda 
at 11am.

Wangaratta 2nd June  Reconciliation Picnic at King George V Gardens 
from 11.30am

SA (ph 1800 060 270)

Adelaide 27th May Schoolchildren Walk for Reconciliation.  Assemble 
at Cricket Ground to walk across King William St Bridge.  Free events in 
Elder Park and Adelaide Festival Ampitheatre from 11.00am to 4.30pm, 
including performance by Archie Roach.

In the other States phone the numbers below for details.

QLD (ph 1800 060 267)
NT (ph 1800 060 268)
TAS (ph 1800 659 363)
WA (ph 1800 060269)
ACT (ph 1800 804 330)

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