Students crucial in recognition drive

Kerri Carr

Tim Gartrell: resources available to educate students

School leavers will be important in the campaign for recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution, Recognise joint campaign director Tim Gartrell says.

He said it was important for them to be enrolled to vote and be informed on the debate.

"That age group is really interested once the conversation is started," he said.

The Government plans to conduct a referendum about changes to the Constitution in 2017.

The Recognise people's movement would like to see the Constitution recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and for racial discrimination to be removed from the document.

A School Learning Guide, for use by teachers and students in class discussions and in student leadership activities, can be downloaded here from the Recognise website.

School visits by Recognise representatives are also possible.

Mr Gartrell addressed Federation Council on February 13 to mark the 8th anniversary of the Apology to Australia's Indigenous People's made by then prime minister Kevin Rudd and the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Close the Gap report.

"If you want to close the gap, you've got to Give a Gonski," he said.