NSW bill recognises Aboriginal people
Aboriginal people in New South Wales are set to gain constitutional recognition after a bill was introduced to Parliament.
INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHERED today at NSW Parliament House in Sydney to watch Premier Kristina Keneally introduce a bill that will amend the state's constitution to acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land.
The symbolic inclusion would amend the Constitution Act 1902 to acknowledge Aborigines as "the state's first people and nations."
Introduction of the bill followed a traditional smoking ceremony in the parliament's forecourt, attended by MPs from all parties as well as representatives of the indigenous community and NSW Lieutenant Governor James Spigelman.
One bright October morning, Fabiano Calleia, a researcher with the Federal University of Amazonas, was out in the lowland rainforest of Manaus, Brazil, tracking his usual group of eight pied tamarins as the small, dark monkeys with their dapper white shrugs grazed on the fruits of a fig tree. Suddenly the breakfast calm was shattered by the distinctive sound of a baby tamarin’s cry — a series of short, sharp whistles, like a boiling teapot doing Morse code.Sacred Traditions with Universal Appeal
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