A Conversation on recognition of First Australians in our Constitution will be held at Sheila Inc Design Centre, 52-54 Binney St., Euroa at 6.30 p.m. on March 14th.
As Australians, we all want to be recognised and treated as equals. The Constitution, the highest legal document in Australia, does not recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s First People and continues to have sections that permit discrimination on the basis of race.
Shepparton Interfaith Network recognises the need for inclusion of the First Peoples in our Constitution. The Purposes of the Shepparton Interfaith Network scope to promote cultural diversity, social cohesion, the elimination of racism and promoting social harmony. An extract of the aims of the interfaith network is given below.
1. The Purpose of an Interfaith Network:
a. to promote peace and harmony in our local communities;
b. to build relationships of friendship and trust among members of the various faith groups in the area;
c. to find ways of improving cross-cultural understanding, respect and tolerance by providing community and school education programmes
d. to identify any social issues - racism, discrimination in housing, employment, access to education or health services and to encourage interfaith grassroots initiatives in addressing issues
e. to encourage local social support networks, service providers and university research teams to assist in identifying such problems in the community
f. to encourage interfaith and civic dialogue at leadership levels both among religious groups, community organisations and at local, state and federal government level.
g. to undertake any other activities which may foster stronger links and good community relationships in this area.
Shepparton Interfaith Network has been active in supporting the causes of local indigenous peoples and participated in the recent Human Rights Commission National Anti-Racism Strategy public consultation in Shepparton.
The Conversation to be held at Sheila Inc Design Centre, 52-54 Binney St., Euroa at 6.30 p.m. on March 14th will be hosted by Shepparton Region Reconciliation Group and funded by You Me Unity. You Me Unity is the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures in Australia’s Constitution. To find out more go to : http://www.recognise.org.au/.
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