Timely dis­cus­sion on indige­nous his­tory

The Weekend Post - - Business -

CAIRNS busi­ness My Path­way held a lively public dis­cus­sion cen­tred on recog­nis­ing North­ern Aus­tralia and Indige­nous his­to­ries and the im­por­tance of achiev­ing Makar­rata as part of Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week (NRW).

His­to­rian and au­thor Pro­fes­sor Henry Reynolds at­tracted a crowd of more than 200 to his pre­sen­ta­tion at the Pull­man Cairns In­ter­na­tional.

“There were two real prob­lems with Aus­tralian his­tory when I started teach­ing in the 1950s,” he said. “The first was there was noth­ing about North Queens­land the other was there was no men­tion of the First Na­tions.

“In the last 50 years, both his­tory and law have changed dra­mat­i­cally, and much of this change was gen­er­ated by the peo­ple and the land rights events in North Queens­land.”

My Path­way as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor Kenny Bed­ford said the NRW event pro­vided a plat­form to con­tinue im­por­tant public con­ver­sa­tions.

“NRW has pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to keep up the mo­men­tum be­hind the Uluru State­ment from the Heart, a mes­sage that has been ul­ti­mately re­jected by the gov­ern­ment,” Mr Bed­ford said.

“We wel­comed more than 200 Cairns stu­dents, pro­fes­sion­als and com­mu­nity mem­bers from di­verse back­grounds who ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in the dis­cus­sion.

“This was clearly a con­ver­sa­tion that was em­braced by the com­mu­nity.”

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