Recognise Australia’s First Peoples
Launched in October 2015, this website is the product of a collaboration between Reconciliation Queensland and ANTaR Queensland and aims to help people access the diversity of views and information regarding the movement for constitutional recognition of Australia’s first peoples. Visit the site.
Valuing Indigenous Knowledge
Indigenous knowledges have contributed to the development of Australia. Over 250 Australian Indigenous Language groups exist across the country. The languages spoken by Indigenous Australians are diverse and are distinctly different to Standard Australian English (SAE). Many Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people speak many different languages and new languages labelled Kriols or Creoles are also spoken.
Reconciliation Queensland Inc. advocates for the right of all Indigenous Australians to speak home languages and to pursue the revival and maintenance of these languages. Recognising and advocating for language centres, community languages programs and language in schools projects are an important part of Reconciliation processes in action. To find out more information on Indigenous Language projects across Queensland contact:
State Library of Queensland
The State Library’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Portal contains resources of interest to Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islanders and general users interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander related matters. Visit the portal.
The Reconciliation Australia website has a broad range of online resources including:
- Cultural awareness information
- Australian Reconciliation Barometer
- Constitutional recognition
- Governance toolkit
- School resources
To explore these resources visit the Reconciliation Australia website.
Share Our Pride website
Developed by Reconciliation Australia as a resource for workplaces, schools and individual Australians the Share Our Pride website is an introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture, and to building respectful relationships. Visit the website.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is the world’s premier institution for information and research about the cultures and lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, past and present. The Institute undertakes and encourages scholarly, ethical community-based research, holds a priceless collection of films, photographs, video and audio recordings and the world’s largest collections of printed and other resource materials for Indigenous Studies, and has its own publishing house. Visit the website.
The website also contains a selection from the Sorry Books: “By signing our name to this book we are recording our regret for the injustice suffered by Indigenous Australians as a result of European settlement; In particular the effect of government policy on the human dignity and spirit of Indigenous Australians. We are recording our desire for reconciliation and for a better future for all our peoples.”
Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples
On 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, particularly to the Stolen Generations whose lives had been blighted by past government policies of forced child removal and Indigenous assimilation.
Visit the Australian Government website to read a transcript or view a video of the apology.
Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations
The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 – one year after the tabling of the report Bringing them Home, May 1997. The report was the result of an inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. Visit the Australian Government website to find out more.
United Nations report: State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is the result of a collaborative effort, organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. For more information, or to download a copy of the full report, visit the UN’s Division for Social Policy and Development/Indigenous Peoples resources page.