Sydney Launch of New Book “Walk With Us”

On September the 1st, Gleebooks hosted the Sydney launch of the recently published, Walk With Us: Aboriginal Elders Call Out to the Australian People to Walk With Them in Their Quest For Justice.

The book articulates the views of Aboriginal elders who gathered in Melbourne earlier this year to discuss the impact of the Northern Territory Intervention on their communities. The opinions of some leading non-Indigenous Australians are also represented in the book.

"Walk With Us" was launched in Sydney on the 1st of September

The book is the sequel to the well-received This Is What We Said: Aboriginal People Give Their Views on the Northern Territory Intervention, which was based on video footage of Government consultations in 3 Aboriginal communities, community regional reports and 5 government regional reports.

Walk With Us also includes information on consultations with Navi Pillay, the UN Human Rights High Commissioner, who flew into Darwin to especially to meet with Aboriginal Elders and leaders from across the  Territory.  The Commissioner sensed the very, “… deep hurt and pain that they have sufferedand has joined other world and Australians leaders in their calling for immediate changes.

Conversation with Elders held at the Melbourne University Law School on 7 Feb 2011. From left to right: Dhanggal Gurruwiwi from Yirrkala, George Gaymarani Pascoe from Milingimbi, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM from Utopia, Betty Pike, a Nyoonga woman from SW Australia, Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM from Nauiyu (Daly River), Djapirri Mununggirritj from Yirrkala, Rev Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra OAM from Galiwin'ku and Harry Jakamarra Nelson from Yuendumu

The book was launched by Nicole Watson, Research Fellow at Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, and Dr. Jeff McMullen of Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth.

Walk With Us will be launched in Perth on the 14th of September, with nation-wide launches being organised by Concerned Australians, from whom these images were also sourced.

To watch videos from the launch, click here.

To read a related article about the launch at Gleebooks, click here.


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