Hunter Commitment to Indigenous Australians
|Date: ||14 December 1993|
|Sub Category:||Statement of Commitment/Intention|
|Place:||Port Stephens, east coast of New South Wales|
|State/Country:||New South Wales, Australia|
|Subject Matter:||Reconciliation | Local Government|
|Summary Information: |
|The Hunter Commitment to Indigenous Australians was signed by the Port Stephens Council and representatives of the Worimi traditional owners on 14 December 1993.|
|Detailed Information: |
|The Commitment states:
· We acknowledge that Indigenous Australians are the first people of this land and have survived over two centuries of persecution.
· We grieve for the loss of Australian Indigenous people, their land, their children, their health, their lives.
· We grieve over the high rate of imprisonment and the many Black deaths in custody.
· We acknowledge the right of Indigenous Australians to live according to their own values and customs.
· We undertake to make ourselves better informed of the facts of non-Indigenous settlement of Australia.
· We promise to listen to what Indigenous Australians are saying to us and to think about what it must be like to live with racism every day.
· We shall interrupt racist remarks and jokes whenever we are in a position to do so.
· We commit ourselves to respecting Aboriginal sacred sites and special places in the Hunter Region.
· We recognise the vital contributions of Indigenous people to the Hunter Region and we look forward to a future of mutual respect and harmony.
· We support Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together for a treaty or other instrument of reconciliation.|