Indigenous Victorians Recognised At Indigenous Shrine Of Remembrance Service

Indigenous Victorians Recognised At Indigenous Shrine Of Remembrance Service

Victoria Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell

Honouring Indigenous Service Men And Women

Victor P Taffa

The service of indigenous Victorians in the defence of Australia has today been recognised at the annual Indigenous Shrine of Remembrance Service.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jeanette Powell was joined by the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Alex Chernov, Minister for Veteran Affairs Hugh Delahunty, Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Dot Peters from the Victorian Indigenous Remembrance Committee and representatives from the Australian Defence Force at the commemorative ceremony.

Mrs. Powell said it was fitting the public acknowledgement of the service of indigenous veterans in Australia’s defence forces took place during Reconciliation Week.

“This year’s theme for Reconciliation Week is Let’s talk recognition and there is no group of indigenous Australians more deserving of public acknowledgement than the men and women who have served and are serving in the Australian Defence Force.” Mrs. Powell said.

“We need to tell the stories of the indigenous men and women who answered the call of their country in times of war and of peace.”

“Our nation gains greater understanding of itself through the reflection upon and recognition of their commitment.”

“It’s appropriate that the sacrifices of indigenous service men and women are honoured in a special ceremony, as for too long they were left unacknowledged.” Mrs. Powell said.

“It should be remembered that many indigenous Australians fought and died in the defence of this country, even though they were not entitled to citizenship.”

“Indigenous men and women have a long and proud history in the military defence of Australia.”

“I am honoured to pay tribute on behalf of the Victorian Coalition Government to those indigenous Australians who have served in the Australian Defence Force.”

“I urge Victorians to visit the Indigenous Remembrance plaque in the Shrine Gardens to reflect, to remember and to recognise the sacrifices made by indigenous service men and women.” Mrs. Powell said.