What is Planned?
March for ‘Justice through Treaty’ on 26 January 2018
A large public March will move from Redfern to Hyde Park, stopping at Australia House to acknowledge the 1938 Day of Mourning. This March seeks to build on the 1988 Long march for ‘Peace Justice and Hope’ where 40,000 people marched in support of Aboriginal rights in 1988. The 2018 March call on the Australian Government to develop a fair National Treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, so all Australians can move forward together, in legitimacy and to address inequity!
Update: The March will meet at Redfern Park, 9.30am, 26 January 2018. This change is in response to the large numbers now expected.
Redfern Park is the location of Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech, on 10 December 1992, which was the first time an Australian Prime Minister publicly acknowledged that European settlers were responsible for the difficulties Aboriginal communities continued to face, "We committed the murders. We took the children from their mothers. We practiced discrimination and exclusion. It was our ignorance and our prejudice."
So, it is fitting the march leaves from Redfern Park. It is a 7 min walk from Redfern Station. A number of prominent speakers will address the March at the Park before it departs.
Treaty Talks Workshop on 23-25 January 2018
In the three days before the ‘Justice Through Treaty’ march Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will meet to discuss what we wish included in a national Treaty. Speakers and participants from every State will look at practical means to address self-determination, how we can support our communities to overcome the legacy of colonialism, poverty, racism and marginalization. A Treaty provides the structural framework to establish self-determination, empower our communities and enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to determine our future!
The Treaty Talks Workshop is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and will be held at University of Sydney Business School, corner of Abercrombie St & Codrington St, Darlington, near Eora College(a short walk from Redfern Station ).