Reconciliation in Australia Essay by Peter Pen

Reconciliation in Australia
A look at some of the attempts by Australia to break down the barriers between the Australians and their indigenous people.
# 61733 | 1,335 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Oct 23, 2005 in Anthropology (Australian) , Sociology (General)

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The indigenous people of Australia have inhabited the land for over 40,000 years making Australia's indigenous people one of the oldest cultures in the world. It was through 200 years of colonization that indigenous Australian's experienced the decimation and eradication of their people and culture through the process of assimilation. This paper looks at how Australia as a nation is taking responsibility for the injustices that indigenous people have injured with the development of reconciliation. It examines how the citizens of Australia are coming together working towards breaking down the barriers, which have segregated and alienated Indigenous people from society. It also examines how all Australians are being encouraged to be part of the solution rather than the problem to reunite differences through acceptance and acknowledgement and education.

From the Paper:

"Reconciliation in Australia is about welcoming, acknowledging and understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 'Reconciliation is about the merging of two versions of the past, bringing together two perspectives of one history' (Grattan, M 2000 p.8). It's through the process of understanding that Australians learn about the Indigenous peoples interpretation of Australia through their culture for example the beauty behind the Dreamtime that explains how the spirit ancestors who roamed the earth to create the landforms, which are the centenals of our existence. There is a wealth of knowledge and thousands of years of proven environmental and ecological diversity and harmony, which Non-indigenous Australian's could acknowledge, respect and learn. Reconciliation can be the gateway with which all Australians benefit."

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