Truth around both Tasmania and Australia's Aboriginal history needs to be told from a young age, says Reconciliation Tasmania co-chair Fiona Hughes.
Speaking before a NAIDOC Week forum in Launceston, Ms Hughes said truth was an important part of the process laid out by the Uluru Statement from the Heart, from which this year's theme is drawn.
"I think truth needs to be told in our education system," she said. "And it should be part of the curriculum - Aboriginal history - because it's not taught, it's selective."
"Truth needs to be told from a very young age through primary [school] to even early-learning centres ... [with a] soft approach. Because truth is important."
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The Monday night panel featured Tasmanian Aboriginal women Darlene Mansell and Madeline Wells, along with University of Tasmania vice-chancellor Rufus Black and City of Launceston council director of creative arts and cultural services Tracy Puklowski.
Organised by Reconciliation Tasmania, the event was about involving the broader community in the discussion, said Ms Hughes.
"It's about how can we have a shared future together ... it's about us moving forward as one people, and for us to have a voice as well and be listened to."
This year's theme was incredibly important on the back of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, with government's making decisions without considering what is best for Indigenous Australians now and into the future, she added.
"What does a treaty look like? Who should we be talking to about a treaty? Is it just one specific leader? Because we have more than one leader in Tasmania, we have many."
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