Wednesday 4 July 2012
ST VINCENT de Paul Society's National Council of Australia has saluted the historical efforts of Australia’s First Peoples in striving for a stronger future for all Australians, as National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week continues.
St Vincent de Paul Society's Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said, “We respectfully invite members of the community to join us in marking NAIDOC Week 2012 and to recognise the hard-fought efforts of Australia’s First Peoples for self-determination and recognition."
Dr Falzon said that NAIDOC week highlights the continuing stuggle for social justice.
“This Week also serves as a reminder that we cannot afford to revisit the harsh regimes and racist policies of the past. Sadly this is a lesson that we appear not to have learnt, given the passing of the Stronger Futures legislation last week,” he said.
St Vincent de Paul Society National President, Anthony Thornton, reiterated that the St Vincent de Paul Society remains hopeful despite such setbacks as the Stronger Futures legislation.
“We need to be a nation of hope,” said Mr Thornton. “This is why we must never be afraid to speak out against injustice.”
Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians continue to mark NAIDOC Week, which takes it name from the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). The theme of NAIDOC Week 2012 is ‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on’.
To find out more about NAIDOC Week go to www.naidoc.org.au