The RECOGNISE relay will visit Gilgandra, Wellington, Mudgee, Muswellbrook, and Gunnedah next week, engaging locals in the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and remove racism from it.
The Journey to Recognition, which began in May 2013, has clocked up more than 34,000 kilometres so far, and engaged more than 21,000 people in recognition events across Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland and now New South Wales. Join the Journey team for a special music set with Glenn Skuthorpe, a light lunch and a chat about constitutional recognition at Wellington Civic Centre Thursday 8th October 2015, 11.00am – 1.00pm.
The recognition relay invites local communities to attend events and be part of the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution – and to ensure there is no place for racial discrimination in it. Wiradjuri woman and RECOGNISE campaigner Nara Talbot grew up in Wellington and believes constitutional recognition will be a legacy to leave for the next generations. “We need to shine the light on change! Get involved in the conversation and understand together as one voice we can make constitutional recognition our own victory for not only us but our future generation.” Cassandra Goodwin, a Yuin and Wiradjuri RECOGNISE campaigner, will also join the relay to yarn with locals about this important movement for change. “Recognition in the Constitution is one way of continuing the legacy of my ancestors. While it won’t fix everything, I believe it’s a necessary step in healing some of the wounds of the past and ensuring our Constitution tells the truth about our nation’s history,” said Ms Goodwin. A quarter of a million Australians – 282 071 people – are now part of this historic movement for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the removal of race discrimination. Since 26 May 2013, the Journey to Recognition relay has been on the road for 272 days, travelling through 222 communities, travelling by foot, bike, 4-wheel drive, kayak, surfboard and paddle board, holding 290 events and meetings, engaging more than 21,000 people and covering more than 34,000 kilometres. Locals can read more or sign up as a supporter at recognise.org.au