National Talkblack 030621

National Talkblack 030621

We had:

Catherine Liddle, SNAICC-National Voice for our Children CEO talking about reconciliation week and the upcoming children’s day in August.

Professor the Honourable Kevin Bell AMQC who is one of the five historic truth-telling Commissioners appointed to examine current and past injustices against First nations people – and charter a new shared future for all Victorians. The Commissioners have been selected by an independent panel and carry knowledge and experience across the fields of law, sociology and systematic disadvantage, land rights, history, trauma and healing.

Emeritus Professor Lyndall Ryan AM FAHA who is a historian at the University of Newcastle talking about how the Birpai people of the New South Wales mid-north coast have spent five decades fighting for recognition of a massacre of their ancestors and now the story passed down in their oral history might soon be formally acknowledged. According to Birpai oral history, about 300 men, women and children were massacred at Blackmans Point, near Port Macquarie in 1826. But the event has not been officially recognised on Australia’s Colonial Frontier Massacres Map, a record of massacres of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people across Australia from 1788 to 1930.

Professor Dorothy Keefe, CEO Cancer Australia talking about facts on the Vax for Australia’s First Peoples affected by cancer. “People who have been diagnosed with cancer and are going through cancer treatments can have weaker immune systems; they can be more vulnerable to COVID-19 and are at an increased risk of more severe infection,” said Professor Keefe. As part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine national roll-out strategy, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare workers, are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine now. See the website here: https://www.canceraustralia.gov.au/…/frequently-asked…

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