Mabo Day Community Picnic and Celebration (Organised by Koorie Heritage Trust Inc)

  • Venue:
    Birrarung, River Terrace
  • Start:
    June 3, 2017 12:00 pm
  • End:
    June 3, 2017 3:00 pm
  • Address:
    Federation Square
    Melbourne, Victoria,

Federation Square and the Koorie Heritage Trust invite you to come together and celebrate Mabo Day with the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal communities of Victoria to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Mabo Decision.

Join us down on the Birrarung (River Terrace) next to Federation Square, bring blankets and a picnic to share, sit and enjoy live music, performances and family activities.

Date: Saturday 3 June
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Birrarung, River Terrace (next to Federation Square)
FREE

Image may contain: 1 person, plant, outdoor and natureTo celebrate, enjoy a fantastic program of live Torres Strait Islander performances including music and entertainment, with MC Lisa Maza featuring the Liz Cavanagh Ensemble, The Jess’s (Jessie Lloyd and Jessica Hitchcock), Key Hoo (Kiwat Kennell and Mathew Hooler), The Maza Sisters, and Zenedth Kes Les (John Wayne Parsons, Luke Captain and Fred Gesha). Get the kids to join in creative activities with Clinton Nain and enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional sweets with a Torres Strait Islander chef.

In the lead up to Reconciliation Week we will share some family Torres Strait Islander recipes online for you to try out at home and then bring along on the day! There will also be a coffee cart with treats for sale from local Aboriginal restaurant Charcoal Lane.

Mabo v Queensland (commonly known as the Mabo Decision) was a landmark case, in which Eddie Koiki Mabo (Meriam) challenged the notion of ‘Terra Nullius’; that Australia was a ‘land belonging to no one’, in the High Court of Australia. His victory and the resulting decision recognised Native Title rights for Indigenous people in Australia for the first time since colonisation. On June 3 1992 it was ruled that the Meriam people of the Murray Islands were entitled to the possession, occupation, use and end enjoyment of (most) of the Murray Islands, setting a precedent for Native Title cases throughout Australia

Image used with permission by Gail Mabo.


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