A New Era For Our First Nations Peoples
The City of Salisbury is committed to reconciliation and is in full support of the continuing work that must be done to enhance awareness and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
The year 2023 represents a historic time for the recognition of Aboriginal and First Nations peoples with both the state government and Australian Government looking to embed the Voice into Australia’s democratic framework. If successful, the Voice Bill will create a new constitutional law establishing a representative body of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Parliament.
Recognising the positive impact and importance to both the Salisbury community and all Australians, the City of Salisbury recently formalised their support through a Resolution of Council that advocated for Aboriginal culture and reconciliation. Most importantly, they resolved to vote “Yes” in the referendum on the Voice Bill to be held later this year.
In support of this commitment, Council is hosting a special event in August to provide the community an opportunity to hear more about what the forthcoming referendum means to all of us and why a “Yes” vote is so important.
This event builds on a number of important dates already recognised within our community, including National Sorry Day, 26 May, National Reconciliation Week, 27 May to 3 June, and NAIDOC Week, 2 to 9 July. Council recognised these dates by hosting a range of events that provided the community an opportunity to reflect on Australia’s past and consider how to build a more positive and inclusive future.
Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM has long been an advocate for reconciliation and was enthusiastic about the community’s attendance at Salisbury’s Reconciliation Week events.