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A message from Mark Yettica-Paulson about RECOGNISE

12 Aug, 2017

You may have heard in the media that the RECOGNISE campaign is changing.

You may have heard in the media that the RECOGNISE campaign is changing.

We wanted to let you know that we’re transitioning into our parent organisation Reconciliation Australia.

As you’re aware, the Referendum Council handed its final report to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition at the end of June. This document is the result of extensive consultation and puts forward a recommendation for a referendum - a First Nations’ Voice to our country’s parliament.

I’m sure you’d agree that the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are critical to genuine reform and reconciliation. Participants in the consultation process have strongly favoured a “voice to parliament” as a form of recognition that they consider to be genuinely empowering.

As this national conversation unfolds and we enter the next phase of our reconciliation journey, the RECOGNISE campaign will transition into Reconciliation Australia to ensure this push for change can continue.

There is more work to be done to support the next steps and build on the strong public engagement achieved through RECOGNISE.

We will keep you informed as we make this transition in the coming weeks.

There is a great opportunity before us, let’s not lose momentum.

Let’s take this next step towards a truly reconciled nation, and get this job done.

Mark Yettica-Paulson

Campaign Director

 

Image: This is our (very worn) @AIATSIS map that we’ve tracked our travels on. 
In May 2013, we set off from Melbourne on a journey to raise awareness about the need to constitutional reform. For the next three years, we would walk, paddle, cycle and drive all across the country visiting communities to have this conversation. 
We’ve hosted 368 community information sessions and spoken at at least another 500 events. 
 A big thank you to everyone that’s come for a yarn, volunteered or gotten their community involved.