NATIONAL CONGRESS MEDIA RELEASE
National Congress signs Historic Statement of Commitment with the Islamic Council of Victoria
National Congress co-chair Dr Jackie Huggins AM made history in signing a Statement of Commitment with the President of the Islamic Council of Victoria (‘ICV’) last weekend, which is the first time in Australian history an Accord has been signed between a faith body and Australia’s First Peoples.
Nail Kayan, CEO of the ICV, also announced the creation of the Jackie Huggins Humanitarian Scholarship for refugee students undertaking tertiary education at La Trobe University, supported by the ICV and La Trobe University. This scholarship will be formally announced next Tuesday 5th June at the Iftar Dinner at La Trobe University, where Dr Huggins will give the keynote speech.
The Statement recognises the ICV’s commitment to supporting National Congress in advocating the values contained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It also recognised our organisations’ mutual commitment to a country free from racial and religious discrimination.
Attendees included community members from Australia’s Muslim community together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, the Honourable Hong Lim MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs; the Honourable Gabrielle Williams, MP Parliamentary Secretary for Health Care and Volunteers, the Honourable Nina Springle, Deputy Chair of the Greens Party in Victoria; Dr Rateb Jenaid, President of the Australian Foundation Investment Company; Bishop Peter Danaher, President of the Victorian Churches Council; and Jasbir Singh, President of Sikh Council.
The event was held by the ICV and the Bosnia Herzogovina Islamic Society at Noble Park. Dr Huggins gave the keynote speech, with First Nations Elder and Muslim Andrew Gardner giving the Welcome to Country.
National Congress looks forward to working more with the Islamic Council of Victoria and we thank them for their support.