19 July 2018

NSW Aboriginal Land Council hits re-set and calls for a march for Aboriginal Rights

The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) and the New South Wales Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (CAPO) will be marching for Aboriginal rights on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples - 9 August 2018.

The march to the New South Wales Parliament is the start of a campaign to promote a positive alternative agenda for Aboriginal affairs in the state.

It is an agenda based on self-determination, genuine partnership, and the generosity of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, at a time when respect for Aboriginal community controlled organisations is at a low.

"NAIDOC week was a time to celebrate our people and to recognise all the strong women who have made it possible for us today" said Councillor Roy Ah-See, Chair of NSWALC and Co-Chair of CAPO.

"Like the strong women before us, it is now our time to stand-up and be counted".

Cr. Ah-See called on all political parties and the entire community to come together with Aboriginal people to commit to a better future.

"Our agenda is about moving beyond survival; it's about putting our future into our hands," he said.

Cr. Ah-See pointed to CAPO's more than 200 years of collective experience in delivering solutions.

"Governments should be turning to us first, so we are hitting the re-set button on relations".

The Beyond Survival march for Aboriginal Rights will take place at 11am Thursday 9 August 2018 at the Palm Grove, Hyde Park North, corner of Elizabeth and Park Streets, Sydney.

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