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University supports recognise in national campaign

The University of Tasmania has joined around 300,000 individuals and organisations nationwide to support the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

The University Council signed and adopted the Recognise Campaign Partners Network Charter, with a formal launch happening Wednesday, 2 November 2016.

Recognise is the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure the constitution is free of racial discrimination.

“The University of Tasmania has always been a proud supporter of Recognise and its efforts towards the need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be formally recognised in Australia’s Constitution,” Chancellor Michael Field AC said.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership Professor Maggie Walter said it was now Australia’s turn to make a difference.

“Australia has lagged behind other countries which have already formally recognised their own indigenous people as the first people of their lands,” Professor Walter said.

“We as a country have a 50,000-plus year unique history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which is not part of the Australia’s founding document.

“It’s the missing chapter. This vast history of culture and heritage has a significant impact on who we today, for both indigenous and non-indigenous people, and how we identify ourselves as a nation.”

“I am extremely proud the University has supported this campaign.”

The official launch of the University’s commitment to the campaign will also include a public forum where a panel will explore the issues that support the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and dealing with residual racial discrimination within it.

The panel will include Justin Mohamed (Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Australia), Tim Gartrell (Joint Campaign Director for Recognise), Shannan Dodson (Digital Campaign Manager, Recognise) and Professor Maggie Walter, (Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership, University of Tasmania).

What: Launch of the University’s adoption of the Recognise Campaign Partners Network Charter and public forum.
When: Wednesday, 2 November 2016, 6pm-7.30pm
Where: Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay Campus, Hobart.

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