Recognise Relay resumes journey across Australia

THE Northern Rivers community will have the chance to be part of history in the making this week as the Journey to Recognition resumes its nationwide relay - having travelled more than 30,000 kilometres since it began nearly two years ago.

Locals are invited to attend community events in Tweed Heads, Brunswick Heads, Cawongla, Kyogle, Ballina, Lismore, Glen Innes and Grafton.

The Journey to Recognition invites local communities across the nation to be part of the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in our country's Constitution - and to ensure there is no place for racial discrimination in it.

RECOGNISE campaigner Mark Yettica-Paulson - who has a personal connection to the region through his father Reverend Graham Paulson - honoured the grassroots communities helping make the relay a success.

"Since 26 May 2013, the Journey to Recognition has been on the road for 240 days, travelled through 187 communities, held 241 events and meetings and engaged more than 18,500 people," Mr Yettuca-Paulson said. 

"We are heartened by the warmth and generosity that has greeted us across the nation."

"Today we take our first steps into NSW and look forward to meeting as many people as possible over the next few months."

Joint Campaign Director, Tanya Hosch said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have lived in this land for more than 40,000 years - but there was still not a single word to honour that in Australia's Constitution.

"We need to fix that silence about our longer history as a country, and ensure that there is no place for racial discrimination in our founding document either," she said.

"This coming referendum will be for us to vote YES to the recognition of the first Australians, and to write in the missing first chapter of our national story."

 

LOCAL EVENTS:

Kyogle Afternoon Picnic in the Park
Date: Sunday 8 March
When: 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Where: Anzac Park Lagoon, Anzac Parade, Kyogle

Ballina Community Morning tea
Date: Monday 9 March
When: 10.00am to 11.00am
Where: Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council, Ballina

Lismore Afternoon Tea Panel Discussion
Date: Monday 9 March
When: 3.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: Lismore Workers Club, 231 Kent St, Lismore

The relay will pause in April before resuming again in May - travelling from Coffs Harbour through Nambucca Heads, Armidale, Inverell, Moree, Collarenebri, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Dubbo, Wilcannia, Broken Hill, Cobar, Wellington, Mudgee, Muswellbrook and Gunnedah.

Follow the journey at: www.recognise.org.au/thejourney 

Sign up to show you support at: www.recognise.org.au