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What does ‘reconciliation’ mean? By definition, reconciliation refers to the mending of a damaged relationship. In the context of Australian history, it’s the process of creating a just society that honors and respects the Indigenous population. By nurturing these relationships and working towards a fairer society, the hope is to create a better and more unified Australia for everyone. What is National Reconciliation Week? Every year, National Reconciliation Week is celebrated from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June. It is a time dedicated to building positive, respectful relationships between Australians and celebrating indigenous culture. The overarching aim of this period is to explore how we can best contribute to the reconciliation process. There are two important historical milestones that fall on National Reconciliation Week: the anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. What was the 1967 referendum about? On the 27th of May, 1967, Australians voted in favour of two changes to the Australian Constitution that discriminated against the Indigenous population. The first change meant that Indigenous Australians would be subject to the same laws as the rest of the population. This meant that Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders could be protected by the same laws as the rest of the population, whereas previously their rights were inconsistent between states. The second change meant that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were included in the census. This was significant because it gave them visibility and access to essential funding and services they were previously deprived of. It’s important to mention that these changes exemplify a positive step towards reconciliation, along the road to equality and justice. National Reconciliation Week is a time dedicated towards bringing Australia closer to that goal of unity, while reflecting on the struggles of the past. What was the High Court Mabo decision? When Captain James Cook and the British landed on Australian soil, they declared the land terra nullius (no one’s land). Such a declaration denied that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people already had occupation of the land. The declaration also meant that British occupation went ahead without any treaty of payment. However, it was on the 3rd of June 1992 that the High Court of Australia reviewed this decision, deciding that it had been wrong for terra nullius to have been declared. This recognised instead that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the rightful owners of the land, which was theirs long before the British arrived. This decision was called the Mabo decision, and is one of the key events celebrated by National Reconciliation Week.
World Environment Day 2021 World Environment Day (WED) is an international day of environmental awareness and action. In 2021, it is being held in Colombia, with Biodiversity as the central theme. World Environment Day can be celebrated in many ways, activities such as clean up campaigns are popular and will be prominent this year, also concerts, conventions and parades, tree planting, and lectures.
2021 THEME: THE OCEAN: LIFE AND LIVELIHOODS The ocean is in need of urgent support. With 90% of big fish populations depleted, and 50% of coral reefs destroyed, we are taking more from the ocean than can be replenished. To protect and preserve the ocean and all it sustains, we must create a new balance, rooted in true understanding of the ocean and how humanity relates to it. We must build a connection to the ocean that is inclusive, innovative, and informed by lessons from the past. In celebration and support of the life and livelihood that the ocean sustains, UNWOD 2021 will feature keynotes, panel discussions and presentations that spotlight biodiversity, latest oceanic discoveries, the interconnectivity between the ocean and its ecosystems, and more.
The health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females. In Australia, Men's Health Week provides a platform for challenging and debating key issues in men's health and to raise the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs around the country each June. Our approach celebrates the strengths of men, the contributions they make and the important role they play in society. It is as much as week of celebration and engagement of men with a serving of health on the side! Men's Health Week was started in the United States by the US Congress in 1994 to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. In 2002, the 2nd World Congress Of Men's Health was held in Vienna and brought together six leading men's health organisations including MHIRC to run international events in June each year, just before the United States and United Kingdom Father's Day. THE VIENNA MEN'S HEALTH DECLARATION The Vienna Declaration set out to establish: Recognizing men's health is a critical issue and that there are health issues which only affect men Promoting awareness of men's approach to health Changing the way health care is provided to be more sensitive towards men's needs Creating school and community programs which target boys and young men Connecting health and social policies to better pursue men's health goals See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Men's_Health_Week and www.imhw.org.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week. Local community celebrations during NAIDOC Week are encouraged and often organised by communities, government agencies, local councils, schools and workplaces. Have you thought about organising a NAIDOC event in your area? A few suggestions about how you can celebrate NAIDOC can be found on this website.
About National Pyjama Day National Pyjama Day is all about wearing your favourite pair of PJ's to help The Pyjama Foundation raise much-needed awareness and funds for children in foster care. With the money raised from National Pyjama Day, you’ll be helping us offer learning skills to more than 1000 children, fund educational resources and help provide stable, positive relationships. So this July put on your favourite PJ's, make a donation, and get your friends/colleagues involved!
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