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For indigenous people, Australia Day 26 Jan – day of mourning

Australia Day: Indigenous people are told to ‘get over it’. It’s impossible,  AmyMcGuireGuardian, 27 Jan 14 When Aboriginal people boycott celebrations, we are told to move on. It’s like the breathtaking legacy of disadvantage we have to endure did not exist,

, Every year, Australia tries to wash away its hidden history with displays of overt nationalism. On 26 January, Australians plant their union jacks in parks and beaches across the country, or on the faces of small children who are taught nothing about what the symbol means to those people this nation believed it conquered. For the majority of them, there has only been one name for the date: Australia day.

But for the First Peoples, there have been several. Survival day, invasion day, sovereignty day – each word loaded with the pain of 200 years of dispossession that has left Aboriginal people impoverished but, against the odds, remarkably strong.

My preferred name for 26 January, however, was one of its earliest – the day of mourning. On this day, First Nations peoples mourn the loss of land, of their children, of their wages, of their remains. They mourn the loss of control over their own future.  Australians may want us to “get over it”, to stop being so “sensitive”. But then, why do we still set aside a day of remembrance on ANZAC day to commemorate those who risked their lives at war? And why don’t we acknowledge the brave Aboriginal fighters who sacrificed everything in the frontier wars? …….http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/27/australia-day-indigenous-people-are-told-to-get-over-it-its-impossible

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January 28, 2014 - Posted by | General News

1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on Queensland Nuclear Free Alliance and commented:
    Indigneous traditional lands the world over have been stolen and polluted for the nuclear industries benefit. This week is a good tiem to reflect on what dispossession means to Australia’s traditional owners.

    Comment by qnfa | January 28, 2014 | Reply


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