The struggle for rights: the story of NAIDOC

The Edmund Rice Centre acknowledges and celebrates NAIDOC week - 7 to 14 July 2019. The 2019 theme for NAIDOC is: Voice, Treaty, Truth. These are the key elements in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The origins of NAIDOC go back to the Day of Mourning protest in Sydney on the 26 January 1938. Prominent Aboriginal activists at the time staged a Day of Mourning conference to coincide with Australia’s 150th anniversary celebrations of the landing of the First Fleet. The conference was held to arouse the conscience of white Australians by highlighting Aboriginal grievances against the policies of protection. The activists demanded citizenship and land rights. NAIDOC’s history is steeped in the Aboriginal struggle for recognition of rights. To read more click here.

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