This is the second event of Victorian Fabians' Spring Series for 2018, at which we'll discuss reconciliation, the strengthening of First Nations' voices, and their link with equality. It will feature talks by Dean Parkin and Justin Mohamed.
That the idea of reconciliation and the creation of a mechanism for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination, on an equal footing, in the affairs of Australia dates back at least 40 years is itself testimony to the intransigence of the Australian political system in its lack of recognition of First Nations' voices.
Reconciliation Australia defines "Reconciliation" as based on five principles;
- Race relations based on trust and respect, free of racism
- Equality and equity of participation in a range of life opportunities, also recognising the unique rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Institutional integrity of political, business and community organisations to support reconciliation
- Unity, so that our shared identity recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage
- Historical acceptance, meaning that the wrongs of the past and the necessity for their redress are accepted by all Australians
These are big steps for Australia to take. How can we take them and emerge with greater equality?
Dean is from the Quandamooka peoples from Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Queensland. He was involved in the negotiations leading to a Native Title determination in 2011 and continues to work with his community on this journey.
He helped facilitate all 13 dialogues that produced the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He is currently establishing a people's movement to promote political momentum for the Uluru Statement. He also runs his own consultancy aimed at co-design of strategic change, bringing people together and engaging them in dialogue.
A Gooreng Gooreng man from Bundaberg in Queensland, Justin Mohamed has spent much of his career working in the Aboriginal health and sport sectors, improving outcomes and connections to culture for Aboriginal people, including children.
He is a leader in reconciliation, having served as the CEO of Reconciliation Australia for three years until 2017, and was most recently the CEO of Equity Health Solutions.
Currently he is the Victorian Government Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People.
Entry is $5 for members, $10 for non-members (bring extra for the raffle).
Please arrive from 5.30 for a 6pm start, all guests are welcome to join us for dinner after the event.