What was Reconciliation in Australia?

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Reconciliation was (and continues to be) formal efforts made by the Australian government to affirm unity and respect between Native Australians- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders- and the non-Indigenous Australians descended from colonizers or more recent waves of immigration. 

In the 1950s and 1960s, the roots of Reconciliation were planted as people (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) began campaigning to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution which either deprived Indigenous people of their civil rights or used discriminatory language. Since then, Reconciliation has included justice for people who have been barred from entering public establishments or receiving service on the basis of their Indigenous ethnicity, granting pensions to elderly and infirm Indigenous Australians, and returning or maintaining land rights to people who had historical associations with parts of Australian territory. 

Reconciliation continues today as the Australian government seeks to remedy the institutions which have prevented Indigenous Australians from attaining an equal quality of life to those of non-Indigenous descent. Ensuring access to healthcare, nutrition, and education are some of these ongoing efforts. 

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