Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, where 90% of the Australian population voted for the Commonwealth to create laws for Australia’s First Nations peoples, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be recognised in the national census. The day was also the beginning of National Reconciliation Week, which celebrates and further develops the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Australia. To celebrate the significance of the day, Fed Square raised both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on site. They will fly permanently alongside the Australian flag.
The raising was conducted with a traditional smoking ceremony before the celebrations for The Long Walk to the ‘G commenced. Here’s some snaps from the day.