Long Walk Provides A Path Towards Reconciliation
Premier Daniel Andrews and representatives of the Labor Government have today taken part in The Long Walk to the MCG.
Now in its eleventh year, the theme of this year’s Long Walk is ‘Together 2015’ and highlights the need for a dedicated commitment to address the inequality still faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The original Long Walk took place in 2004 when former AFL player Michael Long resolved to walk from Melbourne to Canberra to draw attention to issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The annual event included workshops, stalls and a wellbeing concert, and culminated in a walk from Federation Square to the MCG, as part of the AFL’s Indigenous Round.
Mr Andrews was joined by Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, Senator for Northern Territory, Nova Peris, and former Olympic athlete Cathy Freeman.
The Long Walk Trust is now a charity that works to support greater opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Trust was recently awarded a grant of $10,000 by the Labor Government.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“Just as so many walked with Michael in 2004, today we continue our determined journey as one towards reconciliation.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins
“Michael and The Long Walk Trust are working to ensure the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are being heard and listened to.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Sport, John Eren
“Michael was a driving force in tackling racism and intolerance in the AFL. He is continuing his great work as a community leader through The Long Walk and its Trust.”