The Journey to Recognition relay will be arriving in Narooma on Thursday, July 21 to talk about fixing the Constitution with local residents.
Narooma will be one of five stops on this leg of the Journey, which will also visit the communities of Nowra, Wreck Bay, Batemans Bay and Bega.
The Journey to Recognition will host events in collaboration with local people and organisations to yarn about recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution and ensuring that the racial discrimination in it is dealt with.
Uncle Stevie Widders, Anaiwan and Kamilaroi elder, will be joining the Journey to Recognition for the sixth time. He says reforming the Constitution is personally important to him and will bring Australia into the 21st Century.
“Official recognition will acknowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the oldest living and continuing culture in the world. And will also acknowledge traditional practices, traditional languages, traditional land management. That’s how I see recognition. Nothing changes, while nothing changes. It’s time for a change,” Uncle Stevie said.
“The Journey to Recognition encourages community members to take an interest in the proposals and the process. And to put their hands up to participate; to share with others and to have a better idea, a clearer idea of what it’s all about and the impact it will have, particularly when it comes to attempts to eliminate racism.”
The ‘Community Yarn about Constitutional Recognition’ will be held at the Narooma Golf Club from 10am to 12noon is open to everyone.
For more information about the Journey to Recognition visit www.recognise.org.au or follow them on Twitter @recogniseAU or like them on Facebook at RecogniseAUS.
RECOGNISE is the movement to raise awareness of the need to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and build support for change ahead of any referendum. Our role has a very specific focus: to raise awareness of the need to end the exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the Australian Constitution and deal with racial discrimination in it.
Journey to Recognition:
Since May 26, 2013, the Journey to Recognition relay has been on the road for 316 days, travelling through 268 communities, travelling by foot, bike, 4-wheel drive, kayak, surfboard, boat and paddle board, holding 358 events and meetings, engaging more than 27,200 people and covering more than 39,700 kilometres in recognition events across Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland, the Torres Strait Islands, Tasmania and New South Wales.