Reconciliation Week: First Nations Experience of Democracy – ACT

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Reconciliation Week 2023: Be the Voice for Generations

Last week Dane Brown, member of the Hindmarsh RAP Working Group (ACT), shared in the ‘First Nations Experience of Democracy Tour’ at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House as part of #nationalreconciliationweek.

The event shared stories of how First Nation Australians and their supporters have taken different pathways to fight injustice and bring about change in Australia. The humbling stories included:
– Jimmy Clements & John Nobles attendance at the opening of Old Parliament House in 1927.
–  Neville Bonner – First Indigenous Senators journey.
– The Aboriginal Tent Embassy beginning which was started by four young Aboriginal men from Sydney – Billy Craigie, Bert Williams, Michael Anderson and Tony Coorey.
– Charles Perkins and the “Freedom Ride” in the lead up to the 1967 referendum.