3 June 2009


Australia continues to face the challenge of ending the disadvantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In delivering the apology to indigenous Australians on behalf of the nation in Feb 2008, Prime Minister Rudd called for a new partnership between between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

However, stopping disadvantage and discrimination of Indigenous Australians requires both government policy change and individual behavioural change. It’s not just up to the government to make things better: individuals can do something too!

A simple way to begin is to understand, acknowledge and support Indigenous culture and people, and to speak up against racism.

Following on from recently concluded Reconciliation Week and National Sorry Day the national advocacy organisation Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) is aiming for 20,000 people to sign a pledge during a three week campaign. This means 20,000 individual commitments to build a new partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians based on mutual respect.

Many people say they would like to help end the disadvantage of Indigenous Australians but they don’t know how. This campaign fills provides an opportunity.

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