Refugees coming to Australia are being indefinitely detained both onshore and offshore, involuntarily deported back to their countries to danger and physically and sexually abused in detention centres.

As refugees, asylum seekers and ex detainees in Australia, we acknowledge that the land we seek protection on is the land of Indigenous peoples.

In order to recognise the plight of refugee arrivals to Australia, as well as the ongoing struggle for Indigenous self-determination, First Nations Liberation, RISE and WAR will hold a solidarity event in Melbourne on the 16th of July at 1pm, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

On this day RISE, on behalf of the refugee community, will acknowledge Aboriginal Sovereignty over this nation and stand in solidarity with the disposessed First Nations of this country. We commit to fighting for justice on the terms set by Aboriginal people and nothing else.

On behalf of Sovereign House, elder Robbie Thorpe will present passports to RISE members. Issuing Indigenous passports to refugees sends a strong message: Under Indigenous law, refugees are WELCOME to this land.

RISE will also outline a 10 points pledge which consists of how Australia (government & non-profit sector) should treat refugees arriving to Australia on boats.

The event also includes:
Speakers : Leaders and members from Indigenous, ex-detainee and refugee communities
Smoke ceremony, Music and performances

Media briefing at 11.30am at the State Library by WAR, RISE and First Nations Liberation

Facebook event page : here

Event Poster Download : PDF and Image File