Bishops Committee sees slow growth in Aboriginal Reconciliation
In a Statement for today's National Sorry Day, the Bishops Committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People has said that despite widespread popular support for Reconciliation, the Roadmap "has largely gone unheeded and [is] seldom travelled by policy-makers".
The Committee issued a statement at the start of NAIDOC Week together with its key advisory group, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Commission (NATSICC). It called this week "an opportunity for all Australians to commit themselves to human rights and the key principles that will ensure justice for the indigenous people of Australia".
The statement observed that since the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation presented its Final Report in 2000, little progress has been made towards meaningful national reconciliation.
The statement said Australia needs leaders who will "restore impetus and energy to deal with the unfinished business of reconciliation".
"Recognizing the wrongs of the past must necessarily lead us as a nation to express our sorrow and make amends for the injustices that have been done in the name of settlement and colonisation."
National Sorry Day is being observed today, Monday 26 May, the beginning of National Reconciliation Week and the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation.
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Bishops' Committee For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council
Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
26 May 2003