NAIDOC week a time to Recognise

The Recognise campaign has been in the media this week with much attention on Indigenous leaders at Kirribilli House meeting with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.

They were there to discuss proposed amendments to the Australian Constitution through a Referendum that would recognise Indigenous Australians — the nation’s first peoples.

For those of you who were able to join ECA’s Reconciliation Symposium in May 2015 some of the issues and their advocates are already familiar.

Tanya Hosch CEO of Recognise  featured in interviews this week and was also a keynote speaker at ECA’s Reconciliation Symposium. Nobody who saw her speak then could be unaware of the campaign, the events of this week or the importance of the work towards recognition. Tanya moved the audience speaking about work underway and what the move towards Constitutional recognition means for early childhood education and care.

 IMG_2548“This is a significant step forward for the country, the fact that everyday Australians, one Saturday, will go out to acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have always been here and that counts and that our cultures and our history matters is very meaningful to many, many people.”

Recognise joint campaign director Tanya Hosch, 2015

This week (also known as NAIDOC week) is when we celebrate and recognise Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

And yet, try clicking the Recognise page. It will bring up a tally of Australians who support Recognition for Australia’s first peoples.

Can you guess the number of people who have signed on to show awareness and support for the campaign?

In NAIDOC week the tally nudges just over 273,000. As a percentage that means about 1% of Australians have taken that one small step.

A Constitutional Referendum is slated for 2017. There’s a lot of work to be done becoming aware, understanding the issues. What steps are you taking?

Presenter sessions are available from the Reconciliation Symposium page.

What are your views and how are you recognising the movement?

Are you aware of the issues behind the media coverage?

Resources on the Constitutional recognition of Australia’s first peoples are available here for use in schools.
More information about the Recognise campaign is available on their website here.
If you want to signup and support the Recognise campaign, please click here

Clare McHugh

Clare McHugh is Early Childhood Australia's (ECA) Strategic Communications Executive, working on projects that support ECA’s reputation as a trusted voice for young children, their families, educators and carers. Clare has been part of ECA's Learning Hub Team, managed ECA's Start Early. Respectful relationships for life project and ECA digital initiatives including the federally funded Digital Business Kit and Live Wires. Clare has been thinking and writing about children, family and social policy for a number of years, including for the Commonwealth Child Care Advisory Council and the Australian government.

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