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A headband fashioned from a length of silky red material, machine hemmed along both edges with thick black cotton thread and with the two ends joined together with a double knot.
Barrie Pittock’s headband

At the 1970 Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) conference, non-Indigenous activist Barrie Pittock put forward a controversial motion to change the organisation’s constitution to allow only Indigenous people to serve on the executive committee.

Supporters of the motion wore red headbands. While the motion failed to pass, it led to the establishment of the National Tribal Council, pushing for Indigenous self-determination.

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