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Message from ECCQ Chairperson Alton Budd

National Reconciliation Week 2020

The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland fully supports the Federation of Ethnic Council and our Councils across Australia to celebrate with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and ask all Australians to join with us to honour and celebrate the pathways walked by Reconciliation Australia since the Great Walk in the period leading up to the Uluru Statement From The Heart in 2017. We support the Uluru Statement From The Heart.

I, Alton Budd, as Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland state clearly that we as the peak advocacy body for the CALD Communities in Queensland, acknowledge and fully support, the sovereignty, the commitment, aspirations and expectations of this nation’s First Peoples as an integral embodiment of what is modern democratic Australia. We join with other Australians and Queenslanders to continue to say ‘Sorry’ for the many injustices in the past that have been imposed on our First Peoples.  While we acknowledge and deplore the historical unjust practices and atrocities perpetrated on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the past two hundred years across Queensland and Australia, we must also acknowledge the present; the current difficulties still faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians in the society of Australia today.

We join with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the quest for greater health and education outcomes as enjoyed by other Australians. We join with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Queensland and Australia to explore all avenues to reduce the instance of over incarceration of our First Peoples around the nation. The disproportionate  rates of incarceration is a continuing alienation of families and their respective communities; the over representation of the communities’ youth in detention is not about crime but a continuation of the historical offensive behaviour toward the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and it is a blight on modern Australia.

We join with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Celebrations of Reconciliation Week 2020 remembering in isolation we are ‘In This Together’

Alton Budd MAICD |Chairperson
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

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