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Let’s Take the Next Steps - Reconciliation Week 2017

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Let's Take the Next Steps

Reconciliation Week 2017 May 27 - June 3

In 2017, we recognise the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were finally granted the equal rights afforded to all Australian citizens. This included the right to vote in state elections, to marry whomever they chose, to move, to own property, to be the legal guardian of their own children and to receive the same pay for the same work.

This year also marks the 25 year anniversary of the landmark Mabo decision. The Mabo case, led by Eddie Mabo, ran for ten years. On 3 June 1992, the High Court of Australia decided that terra nullius should not have been applied to Australia. This decision recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights to the land – rights that existed before the British arrived and can still exist today. This led to the Australian Parliament passing the Native Title Act in 1993.

Learn more about the 1967 referendum
Learn more about the Mabo decision

UTS Library recognises both Sorry Day and Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Day on May 26th and Reconciliation Week May 27 - June 3 with two book displays. This first includes a collection of texts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and stories while the second highlights the contributions of Indigenous ANZACs to Australian war efforts.

UTS strives to build an educational environment that is genuinely inclusive of the Indigenous people through educational programs that recognise Australian Indigenous people, knowledge and experience.