Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the longest unbroken thread of human culture on the planet; the oldest continuing cultures in the world. The first Australians lived here for tens of thousands of years before colonisation.
Yet the Australian Constitution invites the reader to conclude that Australia’s history begins in 1901 or 1788. In fact, it stretches back through a span of time and human achievement almost unfathomable in length. The story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is missing from the Australian Constitution.
Parts of the Australian Constitution technically allow governments the power to discriminate against groups of Australians based on our race. To this very day, parts of the Australian Constitution still say the states can ban a whole race of people from voting.
AnglicareSA is working in partnership with the people’s movement, Recognise, to build on the support that will propel us to a Referendum to set things right. To bring us to that day when Australians wrote the long history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into our founding document, the day discrimination on the basis of race is removed, and the day that we write our next chapter of our story together.
Together we can achieve this great goal for our nation. But we need your support.
What can you do?
AnglicareSA is merging our Count Me In campaign for Constitutional Recognition with Recognise. We encourage you to:
- Sign-up your support for Constitutional Recognition at www.recognise.org.au.
- If you’re under 30 years of age, you can join Recognise This – the youth-led movement for Constitutional Recognition at www.recognisethis.org.au.
- Set yourself a target to sign up another five, 10 or 20 supporters.
- Wear the Recognise symbol “R” to lift the visibility of this movement
- Follow Recognise on social media – Facebook – or Twitter (@RecogniseAU) and share the moving stories about what this recognition will mean to many people who have long known exclusion and discrimination.
- Host an event, a conversation – these are not just boardroom conversations, they are conversation to be had with all Australians in all settings.
- Invite a speaker to your group or conversation by contacting the Director of Aboriginal Services at AnglicareSA.
- And, please, speak up for Recognition wherever you can.