The 1967 Referendum was a catalyst for social change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the country. The civil rights movement aimed to alter the discriminatory references toward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be included in the census.
The ABC Right Wrongs platform shares primary and archival resources to provide a holistic view of life before, during and after 27 May 1967. The platform was created to provide public access to personal stories, opinions and historical recordings of what happened, while asking viewers how far we have come since 1967.
Right Wrongs can be explored using the five chapters outlined on the platform.
The ABC Right Wrongs platform shares primary resources of lived experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that may be sensitive. Please look through the resources before starting this activity, to decide which experiences are appropriate for the class. It is also important to create a safe space where students can share, comment and view with respect for other people’s contributions and opinions.
To introduce the Right Wrongs platform, it is encouraged to start from a lens of strength when discussing the lived experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people post colonisation.
This activity aims to raise students’ awareness of the idea that including all people equally doesn’t necessarily result in including all people equitably. It encourages critical thinking about the distinct roles that equality and equity play in inclusive policies and practices.
*Right Wrongs was created and produced by the ABC, National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) and AIATSIS