I posted this image a year ago and I post it again today, in solidarity for this day of mourning for Indigenous Australians across the country. I acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land now called Australia and pay my respects to the Elders past, present and emerging,
Australian author Richard Flanagan wrote, “Australia has achieved many great things as a state. But it will fail as a nation if it cannot find a way of admitting our Indigenous people, and with them, our continent’s extraordinary patrimony: 60,000 years of civilisation. When the first corals began to form of what we now know as the Great Barrier Reef that civilisation was already 50,000 years old. They had known unimaginable changes of climate, ecology and zoology. We stand as the inheritors of a people whose languages, cultures and Dreamings are founded in that experience of deep time unknown to humanity anywhere else in the world... The world is being undone before us. If we do not reimagine Australia, we will be undone too”
I would add that as a nation we also need to recognise and mourn the blood shed and trauma Australia has been built upon and take action against, and seek justice for the systematic racism and privilege still strongly evident in our society. -
As a gesture of solidarity one could chose to donate today to an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation. One such organisation is Djirra, who - from their website - “Preventing and addressing family violence is at the core of Djirra’s work. All our programs support Aboriginal women’s journey to safety and wellbeing... We stand firm with Aboriginal women against family violence and deliver campaigns to make sure Aboriginal women’s voices are heard, victim blaming can be stopped and perpetrators can be held accountable.”
The link to their website and how to donate is in my bio.
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