Celebrations are held around Australia in July each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
The theme for NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week 2013 is We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963.
The theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Petitions to the Federal Parliament. The petitions protested the Commonwealth granting of mining rights on land excised from Arnhem land reserve and sought the recognition by the Australian Parliament of the Yolngu peoples’ traditional rights and ownership of their lands.
ANU has developed its own Reconciliation Action Plan, a whole-of-institution approach to enhancing broad engagement with Indigenous education, research, employment and culture.
This plan is part of a national program led by Reconciliation Australia. We are proud to be part of this program, which is committed in part to closing the unacceptable gaps, in particular in socioeconomic outcomes, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
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