Students in Victoria University's Mumgu Dhal program have organised a Mabo Day Celebration as part of Reconciliation Week. Mabo Day celebrates the anniversary of the High Court decision to overturn the doctrine of "Terra Nulius"(No man's land) in which Australia was settled.
The Mumgu Dhal program is designed for Indigenous students who want to re-engage in education and then pathway into further education and employment.
The case "Mabo & Others vs The State of Queensland" lasted 10 years and was spearheaded by Eddie Koiki Mabo from the island of Mer in the Torres Strait Islands.
The historic case findings opened up the possibilities for Native Title claims across Australia. Unfortunately Eddie Koiki Mabo passed away before the case findings were passed down. Mabo Day is about celebrating the Mabo case and the man behind it.
There will be food, stalls and performances from Torres Strait Island musicians Maza Sisters and Patrick Levi.
The media are welcome to attend.
When: Thursday 3 June
Where: Iramoo Sustainability Centre, St Albans Campus, Victoria University, Enter Gate 1, McKechnie St, St Albans
Contact: Lia Pa'apa'a, Mumgu Dhal Teacher, Victoria University, Ph: (03) 9919 2203; Mobile: 0405 926 209
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
Ph: (03) 9919 5487