Aboriginal Tent Embassy

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The scattered collection of tents, camper vans and a shed, along with protest signs and a campfire, on the lawns of Old Parliament House (as well as a letterbox on a stake hammered into the ground) does look oddly out of place among Canberra’s preened lawns and (mostly bland) buildings. But the Aboriginal Tent Embassy has been in this spot in some form for almost 40 years, and serves the purpose of reminding us that there is still ‘unfinished business’ between Indigenous Australians and those who have settled in this country over the past 230-or-so years.

If you want to read more about the Tent Embassy, its objectives, and some of the controversy around it over time, Wikipedia is fairly comprehensive and there’s also good info from the National Museum.

Oh, and FYI,  it’s also NAIDOC week this week, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures.

One Response to " Aboriginal Tent Embassy "

  1. Deputy Dazza says:

    Good to see that the SLR is back.