Founded on the 26th January in 1972, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, one of the world’s longest continuing protest sites. Amnesty International ACT stands in solidarity with Aboriginal peoples, and will be attending the event as a contingent.
For 50 years The Aboriginal Tent Embassy has continually occupied the lawns of what is now Old Parliament House, protesting the conditions relating to Aboriginal People across Australia such as Land Rights, Truth and Reparatory Justice. Most of the political reforms we have today that have befitted Aboriginal People across Australia has come from the self determination of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.
These reforms have led to the implementation of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1976 (Northern Territory), NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983, Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay) 1986, National Aboriginal Conference/National Aboriginal Consultative Committee and additionally, the inclusion of Aboriginal People within the Public Sector.
During this year’s 50th Anniversary, The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is holding a 3-day event from the 25th, 26th and 27th of January where we honour and mourn our past, celebrate our survival and strategise for the next 50 years.
We expect over 500 registered delegates to attend the 3 day conference from across Australia with an additional 3,000 -7,000 attendees on the 26th January, this is based on predictions of previous years.