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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice / Indigenous Social Justice

GBK Symposium on Regional Autonomy and Independence Gur A Baradharaw Kod (GBK) Torres Strait Sea and Land Council Torres Strait Islander Corporation

Introduction

Thank you Milton for your words of welcome. Thank you also for the blessings for a fruitful day of sharing through listening to each other and hearing each other’s’ words.

‘Hear Us, See Us’ Photo Exhibition Launch

Welcome and Acknowledgements

Jalangurru lanygu balangarri. Ngayininyanyjili Bunuba nhingi, Bunuba ngarri thangani wila ngira Yaningi. Matha wilinyagu thangani ngindaji yani u guru wiyi yani u biyirranggu ningi thangani wilawungay Yaningi.

Thank you, Ambassador Mansfield.

Welcome to you all and thank you for coming here today.

It is custom in Australia to acknowledge country. Therefore, I would like to acknowledge the First peoples of the land we gather on and pay my respects to elders past and present.

Hear Us, See Us. Exhibition

Exhibition at the UN in Geneva

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Hear Us, See Us exhibition

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO has launched the Hear Us, See Us exhibition at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

The exhibition includes photos and videos of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls who took part in national consultations for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project.

Hear Us, See Us exhibition launched at UN Human Rights Council

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO has launched the Hear Us, See Us exhibition at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

The exhibition includes photos and videos of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls who took part in national consultations for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project.

Commissioner Oscar said she’s proud to be able to share the voices and stories of so many inspiring and strong women and girls with an international audience.

The ugly hand of racism

The following opinion piece was published by the Guardian Australia on June 12, 2019

Watching The Final Quarter documentary about AFL legend Adam Goodes and the racism he endured, I thought about the incredible strength that allowed him to get up and keep going.

To see the abuse so clearly laid out in the film, is disturbing and confronting. Adam Goodes is a champion and still, he experienced the humiliation of racially motivated attacks.

The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Conference Opening

Jalangurru maningarri, ngarragi yani. Wadi jalangurru yathanggirragi.

Media Statement - Dr William Jonas AM

The Australian Human Rights Commission extends sympathy after the passing of Dr William (Bill) Jonas AM. 

Dr Jonas was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner as well as Race Discrimination Commissioner from 1999-2004.

Dr Jonas, a proud Worimi man, will be remembered as a fearless defender of Indigenous rights. 

He was a leading voice on issues relating to reconciliation and human rights, native title and criminal justice reform throughout his term.

Uluru Statement anniversary

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO said she’s encouraged by the growing support among Australians for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Indigenous Australians can be bystanders no longer

Two years ago, we gathered in the red dust for a ceremony at Uluru and offered a gift to all Australians.
 
There was a great sense of hope about what this gift could deliver. A new beginning, an opportunity to re-define who we are as a country. A country that celebrates its First Peoples and resets the relationship between all Australians for a better future.