National day for all
IT IS well beyond time to acknowledge the reality of our nation’s history that to the First Peoples of Australia, January 26 is a painful reminder of the invasion of their lands and the onset of the frontier wars and massacres, the dispossession of their forefathers and the oppression of their families.
Generations of Aboriginal children have been scattered and lost... disconnected from all that had meaning in their lives. The effect of this past mistreatment of indigenous people continues to this day and it is starkly reflected by holding the celebration on January 26.
We must now act to acknowledge the resilience of First Peoples in the face of that invasion, and their survival as one of the oldest living cultures on the planet.
It is time to move on from the colonial attitudes of the past and to recognise that this date cannot unify our nation.
It is time to fully comprehend what January 26 means to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and to rewrite the future.
I support the move to a date that celebrates the people of our natio.
Let’s call it Australians’ Day. — CHRISTINE BENNETT Woombye
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