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Unless otherwise indicated, the quotes are from Robert Lawlor's "Voices of the First Day"

Please note there is no intention to offend by using the words "Aborigines" or "Aboriginal" or "Indigenous"

To learn what a TREATY would mean -  click  HERE

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Survival Day 26 January - Australia's Day of shame

January 7, 2017

I won't be celebrating the 26th January as Australia Day and here is why. If Australia Day is about celebrating a Nation with fair services and opportunities and equal treatment of all people of Australia, regardless of the colour of their skin, then I am not celebrating the Anniversary of the day that colonialists first arrived at NSW, Australia, leading to mass slaughter and dis-possession of Australia's Aboriginal people, and treating them like animals, a legacy which of course, to any intelligent person, has had a huge negative impact upon the current generations of Aboriginal people.

I choose to celebrate every day knowing there are people who understand and care about Australia's "black history" and who take real action to bring about reparation, like Clinton's Walk for Justice.

Why not celebrate Australia Day on the 17th September when the Australian Citizenship Act 1973 received Assent, marking the end of the White Australia Policy? Some may say who cares what the date is, it's the purpose or point. Well, people celebrate the anniversary of the day they were born ( their birthdays ) for the reason that date in the past mattered and the same applies here.

What is really disturbing to me is the lack of ignorance around the ongoing ramifications of the Invasion Day.  So many people say rubbish like "Aboriginals have got it easy now" or "They bring their troubles wholly upon themselves" and the list goes on ....  even, astonishingly, things like "survival of the strongest" and "that's what happens".  Well, if white people were not fearful of the original inhabitants of Australia, and were NOT greedy, arrogant and power mongering, they would have cultured a respectful two-way relationship between themselves and the Aboriginal custodians.  Given that they didn't, it is way time that people of today take on responsibility for being part of a Collective, and supposed civilised and humane Society, to restore Aboriginal sense of place.

26th January is Invasion Day and Survival Day for Aboriginal Australia.

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/blunt-instrument/australia-day-2016-if-nobody-cares-why-not-change-the-date-20160125-gmdk2f.html

 

 

Clinton's Walk for Justice - Perth to Canberra

September 8, 2016

Twenty six year old Clinton Pryor is walking across Australia.  Clinton says:

I do not want to see communities closed down and see my people lose their home because the government has decided not fund service for them. It is not right and this why I am doing the walk to save my people from losing their home and being forced to live homeless.

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If you are at all interested in or concerned about restorative justice for Australia's First Nation's People, head over NOW to one of the links below, and learn more.

 

https://startsomegood.com/clintonswalkforjustice

https://www.facebook.com/Clintonswalkforjustice

 

The official "Clinton's Walk for Justice" website will give you comprehensive information about the Walk.

The government wants to close down our Indigenous communities and I need your help to make a stand to keep communities open.

As an Indigenous person created by the dreamtime, I believe it is my responsibility and the responsibility of all people to look after the planet and to keep the dreamtime alive.

By removing people from country, our connection with our ancestors and spirituality is put at risk. I know because I grew up on country.

Clinton Pryor

 

To learn what a TREATY would mean,  go to  THIS  post of Clinton's FB Page.

Alternatively,  visit the Australians Together page   HERE

 

Intolerance & Ignorance: Racism - The Silent Destroyer

April 29, 2016

My partner is an incredibly strong man. Resilient, compassionate and calm in the face of much turbulence, stress and hurt.
Some days it gets to him though. It's not that he does not love and embrace his Aboriginality but more that he feels so many around him don't or won't.

Even the proudest and strongest Aboriginal person will at times feel the crushing pressure that is living as a minority in your home land.


Today was one of those days. His day at work had been ok and he was feeling positive to be heading home.

It only took several little interactions along the way to sour his mood. He stopped to use the ATM and a man sitting at the nearby bench promptly gathered up his wallet and other belongings and then moved to the table furtherest away. After using the machine he turned and despite his bad feeling forced himself to nod, smile and say 'how's it going bud?' as he passed the man. Sometimes a friendly gesture will be reciprocated. Other times it isn't. The man glared back at him with disdain and did not reply.

He then had to fuel up and went in to pay. The man walking out as he was walking in glared at him and refused to move to either side to allow room for him to pass by.


My hubby had little time to react. He turned side on and squeezed through the gap with a polite smile.


Again no smile, just a look of disdain and judgement and the aggressive body language to match.

At home, anger became hot tears. 'Why do people have to be like that and look down on me? Who do they think they are to assume they're better and can treat me like a piece of shit?' 'I'm tired of going out of my way to seem non-intimidating, polite and approachable. It doesn't matter how I dress or act they still can't even smile back or acknowledge me like a bloody person. I try not to let it get to me but it sometimes it hurts and it makes me so angry I could just snap on them.'

I tell him these people have the problem, not him and that they are a dying breed. 'Yeah well there's a whole bloody lot of them and they're not dying out fast enough. I'm not going to see the change in my lifetime. I will die feeling the glare and hate that I was born into.'

There is nothing I can say. What he says is true and there are days, moments, when you feel the full impact of what being Aboriginal means in a country where racism is rife. Where some people assume a spot on a pedestal and have such arrogance that they judge, condemn and dictate to our people from a position of self righteous ignorance usually fuelled by stereotypes and hear say rather than any sound understanding and insight of our history, culture and current struggles.

Some will be inclined to minimise and perhaps suggest that he is paranoid or wrongly assuming racially motivated behaviour. He is not. This is not his imagination, nor mine. These are the behaviours and attitudes that Aboriginal people encounter constantly and that can chip away at self esteem and confidence, often replacing them with anger, resentment and defiance.

For our youth dealing with it, it is even harder. They often lack the words to articulate what they're experiencing and feeling and people to talk to about it. They feel powerless, voiceless, misunderstood and at times, hated.
They internalise this and it can become a self fulfilling prophecy. 'If that's what you think I am, then that's what I will be' or 'Why bother? Whatever I do people will still judge me by what other Aboriginal people do and stereotypes they have anyway.'

How do you address racism and discrimination that is wordless? That you can feel but not articulate? How do you pick yourself up and dust yourself off after a particularly bad day of it? How do we equip our young people with the knowledge, strategies and support they need to remain staunch in the face of racism with no definite end?

Putuparri and the Rainmakers

February 12, 2016

I can't wait to see this movie!

Putuparri and the Rainmakers

Ten years in the making, the film is an extraordinary eyewitness account of the living traditions of Putuparri’s people.

The film spans 20 transformative years in the life of Tom "Putuparri" Lawford as he navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his determination to keep his traditional culture alive.

Director Nicole Ma documents Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions to Kurtal, a sacred waterhole in the Great Sandy Desert where they ritually make rain. Kurtal is a site of deep spiritual significance for Putuparri and his family and the subject of a long term native title claim over the area.

Tom "Putuparri" Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation; and both his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence.

Set against the backdrop of this long fight for ownership of traditional lands Putuparri and the Rainmakers is an emotional, visually breathtaking story of love, hope and the survival of Aboriginal law and culture against all odds.

 

Click on the Link below for more information.

https://theconversation.com/putuparri-and-the-rainmakers-is-a-stunning-story-of-aboriginal-culture-life-and-law-45933

 

I hope that later it will be shown on national television by NITV, whom gave assistance. People can also contact their Independent Cinemas in their States, and ask them to screen it on the big screen.

There is a DVD available, but expensive, Link to Ronin Films below. The link gives images and good info to download also.

http://www.roninfilms.com.au/video/0/0/11930.html?words=putuparri&searchby=details

Invasion Day - 26 January 1788

January 26, 2016

Most Australians celebrate Australia Day as the day Australia was founded.

In contrast, Aboriginal people mourn their history and call it ‘Invasion Day’.  January 26, 1788 was the date on which Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of the colony of New South Wales and raised the British flag for the first time in Sydney Cove. Since 1994 all states and territories celebrate Australia Day together on this day each year. On this day ceremonies welcome new citizens or honour people who did a great service.

Australia is the only country that relies on the arrival of Europeans on its shores as being so significant it should herald the official national day.  

To many Aboriginal Australians there is little to celebrate and it is a commemoration of a deep loss. Loss of their sovereign rights to their land, loss of family, loss of the right to practice their culture.

“Australia Day is 26 January, a date whose only significance is to mark the coming to Australia of the white people in 1788. It’s not a date that is particularly pleasing for Aborigines,” says Aboriginal activist Michael Mansell [8]. “The British were armed to the teeth and from the moment they stepped foot on our country, the slaughter and dispossession of Aborigines began.”

Aboriginal people call it ‘Invasion Day’, ‘Day of Mourning’, ‘Survival Day’ or, since 2006, ‘Aboriginal Sovereignty Day’. The latter name reflects that all Aboriginal nations are sovereign and should be united in the continuous fight for their rights.  On this day, pause to reflect what this day in 1788 signified for the indigenous people of Australia, and what can be done to restore the dignity of Austraila's Aboriginal inhabitants.


Source:  http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australia-day-invasion-day#axzz3yKh8mu4M
 

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