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National Sorry Day Walk – 26th May 2018

Jennifer Newman (Photo by Anand Lohorung)*

To observe National Sorry Day in Marrickville this year, the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA), supported by the Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign, organised a walk along the Cooks River on Saturday 26 May. The event attracted close to 40 people, including members of the Wiradjuri community from central NSW, as well as a number of local Nepalese people.

This year’s Sorry Day Walk was led by Jennifer Newman (CRVA’s Vice-President and local Wiradjuri woman) and was divided into three stages. Continue reading National Sorry Day Walk – 26th May 2018

Anzac Day Reflection 2018

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This year’s Anzac Day Reflection was held in Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park, the third time this event has been held in the Peace Park since its launch on 8 November 2015.

Organised by Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC), the event attracted over 50 people who came together to pay tribute to Australian soldiers killed during WW1 and other wars that Australia has engaged in. This includes all Indigenous Australians who served in these wars, including the 500-600 who fought in WW1 and who have only been fully recognised in recent times. Continue reading Anzac Day Reflection 2018

ICAN awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

On October 6, 2017, the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated that ICAN had won the award “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition on such weapons.”1 Continue reading ICAN awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

International Day of Peace event held in Marrickville

Entrance columns in Marrickville Peace Park

This year the International Day of Peace (‘Peace Day’) will be observed around the world on Thursday 21st September. This day is devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

The theme for this year’s Peace Day is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” which aims to promote diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. Continue reading International Day of Peace event held in Marrickville

UN adopts historic Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

A historic global agreement was reached at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday, July 7, 2017 when 122 nations adopted a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, it will acquire legal force once 50 nations have signed and ratified it. Continue reading UN adopts historic Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week observed in Marrickville

Some Sorry Day Walk participants in Marrickville Peace Park.

To observe both National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week, the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA), supported by Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign, organised a walk along the Cooks River on Saturday 27 May.

National Sorry Day is a day that pays tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families. This year it commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report which was tabled in Federal Parliament on 26 May 1997. Continue reading Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week observed in Marrickville