Sunday, July 6, 2008

NAIDOC Week: Advance Australia Fair? (6-13 July)

To mark NAIDOC Week celebrations this year the National NAIDOC Committee has selected the theme: Advance Australia Fair?

The aim of the theme this year is to encourage people to reflect on the Australian principle of a “Fair go” and for them to consider the inequalities still experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country today.

Our nation continues to thrive and is now recognised as one of the most prosperous countries in the developed world. However we cannot overlook those in our society who are disadvantaged and whose living conditions are more comparable to struggling nations.

The theme also lays down the challenge to the new Labor Government to deliver real change and improvements in the lives of Aboriginal people. It is encouraging to see that the Rudd Government will move to give an apology to the Stolen Generations and has set this as a priority.

During NAIDOC Week (6-13 July) 2008, State Library of Queensland will be launching the updated and redeveloped Footprints before me - Tracing Queensland Indigenous family and community history website. http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/footprints

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