Indigenous Human Rights in Australia: Who Speaks for the Stolen Generations?
On January 26, 1988, the Australian government staged a grand Bicentennial celebration to mark two hundred years of continuous European settlement. On that day, two separate but interconnected events drew the nation’s attention to the disparities between the lives of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and their very different investments in the nation’s history. While (mainly white) officials and crowds gathered at Sydney Cove to watch a reenactment of Captain Arthur Phillip’s arrival and landing of the First Fleet, delivering officers, soldiers, and convicts to the shores of Botany Bay to establish a penal colony in Britain’s far-flung outpost of Empire in 1788, Indigenous Australians and their supporters began a march through the streets of Sydney to protest against what for them was Invasion Day.
KeywordsIndigenous People Indigenous Community Torres Strait Islander Royal Commission Indigenous Child
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