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"Aboriginals are interested not only in boomerangs, gum leaves and corrobores! The overwhelming majority of us are able and willing to earn our living by honest toil and to take our place in the community, side by side with yourselves"

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"Aboriginals are interested not only in boomerangs, gum leaves and corrobores! The overwhelming majority of us are able and willing to earn our living by honest toil and to take our place in the community, side by side with yourselves" Unknown, Magazine Unknown, edition no 3, June 1978 page 1. The idea of Aboriginal reconciliation was brought about by a Royal Commission Inquest into the high death rate of Aboriginal Australians being held in custody, however the official reconciliation campaign began in 1991 with a ten year time frame to advance reconciliation to make the Australians Government address cultural, social and economic needs of Aboriginal Australians. With over 50,000 years of settlement before the "white invasion" it was time to fix the issue of discrimination and hardships that Non-Aboriginal Australia had caused towards the Aboriginal Australians. When Australia was first federated in 1901 Aboriginal Australians were the last thing on every Australians mind. This was reflective of the attitudes that Australian society held at the time. ...read more.

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Reconciliation is a fairly new and modern action on Australia's political agenda yet the concept has been around for many years. The establishment of progress associations and groups working towards a proposed treaty or apology from the Government have played a huge role in reconciliation . These Associations and groups decided one of the most progressive and possible steps towards reconciliation was to train Aboriginal Australians with education , training , arts and crafts of European culture. This was a successful step towards reconciliation. Aboriginal Australians have progressed towards reconciliation with the help of many associations, organisations and other groups. Noel Pearson, Evelyn Scott and other urbanised Aboriginals have been key public Activists within the reconciliation campaign. Urbanised Aboriginals have been the main enforcers of the reconciliation campaign. John Patter, founder of the Aboriginals Progressive Association in 1937 made it clear with the statement "We have no desire to go back to primitive conditions of the stone age. We ask you to teach our people to live in the modern Age as citizens" (see appendix 1) ...read more.

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What we worry, what we got in our mind, what we got in our heart. We think from our grandfathers, we think from our father and from our mother. It is Still in my heart." (appendix 2) taken from his handing over speech. Bridges have been crossed for Aboriginal Australians and progress has been made especially in the field of reconciliation. Reconciliation has dramatically improved the attitudes of Non-Aboriginal Australians since the official campaign beginning in 1991 through education and general support for movements within the community. The government's policies for educating school students about Aboriginal language and way of life have been a huge progression as the youth are the face of the future and a more reconciled Australia. These attitudes however differ from older generations still continuing to be against a treaty or apology. Reconciliation is a path which has been followed to a certain extent yet in order to become a stable, definite motion for the future there must be more education and campaigning towards building a better relationship with Australia's Indigenous society. ...read more.

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