A new generation of Indigenous Australians will celebrate Australia’s centenary in 2021, with a range of celebrations planned to mark the milestone.
Read moreThe Indigenous Australians of Australia (IAA) group said it was “delighted” the Government was considering making Indigenous history a national subject.
“This is a recognition that Indigenous Australians have been through the longest period of time of being neglected and under-recognised,” IAA chief executive Tonya Hargreaves said.
“The recognition of Indigenous history is important and will help us all learn about the nation, its history and our future.”
The new Centenary National Indigenous Year was created by the Federal Government in 2014, but was never officially announced.
“It is important to recognise that Indigenous history, including Indigenous history in Australia, has never been left to the past and the present,” ITA chief executive Ian MacKay said.
Mr MacKay added the new year would celebrate Australia as a nation of indigenous Australians.
“As a nation, we have a proud history of Indigenous people living alongside people from all walks of life, and it is only right that we celebrate that history in the coming years.”
The IAA was formed in 1901 and its national executive, the National Indigenous Congress, is made up of more than 40 organisations.
It represents Aboriginal people across Australia.
The Government has previously said the Centenary would be a year for Australia to reflect on its past.
“To honour the achievements of the nation’s Indigenous people, it will be a period of reflection and recognition,” a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said.
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