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Australia Day 2006

animatedflag9.gifJust a quick post for Australia Day – Friday 26th January 2006.  Australia Day means different things to everyone but I quite like this definition from the Australia Day website:

Australia Day is the day we come together as a nation to celebrate Australia and being Australian. It’s about looking at our past, considering our present and recommitting to making our future even brighter.

Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th January in recognition of the day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and became the first Governor.  Of course, Captain Phillip did not claim an empty land but rather this day was the beginning of the dispossession and displacement of the indigenous inhabitants by the British colonists.  Most people now recognise that Reconciliation is an important issue for all Australians.

ab.gifflag_torres.gifThe reconciliation process with indigenous Australians is a long and continuing one – there is more work to be done before all Australians can move forward with a better understanding of the past and how the past affects the lives of indigenous people today.

We suggest the Reconciliation Australia website for more reading on this issue (flags above are the Aboriginal flag on the left and Torres Strait Islander flag on the right).

This Australia Day, lets all think about how we can make Australia a better place for everyone and wear the “Green and Gold” with pride.  You might like to read one of our past posts on Wattle Day featuring our national floral emblem.

cheers for now from Andrew and Leah (Aussie Sapphire)

seaofhands.gifEdited to add the Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation website.

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  1. Ping from Janene Collins:

    Thought you might like to include the Australains for Native Title & Reconciliation (ANTaR)website here as well. We are a community based group that seeks to achieve reconciliation that includes recognition of indigenous peoples rights to their cultures. We take our lead from indigenous people and receive no government funding but have carried on our work for 10 years funded entirely by public donations. The public dispays of the Sea of Hands is our best know symbol.

  2. Ping from Aussie Sapphire:

    Happy to add this to the post – it is an important issue for all Australians.

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