This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo Decision. To commemorate these anniversaries the Royal Australian Mint has released a commemorative coin and Australia Post has released a commemorative stamp.
Each year we celebrate National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 Referendum and the Mabo High Court decision.
Dolly Gurinyi Batcho (1905-1973), a Larrakia woman from the Darwin area, epitomises the sacrifice of an estimated 6000 Indigenous men and women who, during World War II, served the nation that so often discriminated against them.
Joining the Queensland Police Force in 1965, Dr Colin Dillon displayed courage and determination in the face of entrenched racism, not only from other police, but also from his own people who declared him to be a “Sell-out” and “Traitor”. His determination saw him become a role model for other Indigenous people wanting to join the police force and a trail- blazer in breaking down racist barriers.
2017 Senior Australian of the Year, Sister Anne Gardiner is a deserving winner of the award after serving Tiwi Islanders for 50 years and establishing the Patakijiyali Museum for the preservation of Tiwi history, language and culture.
Seven Aboriginal Certificate III Hospitality students from TAFE Western Wilcannia have returned from the Kambarang food festival in triumph, where they not only built their skills for future employment, but showcased their passion for food to some of the world’s best chefs.