In the lead up to ‘Australia Day’, each year as I grow older and increase my awareness of the history of this country I call home, the more I am repulsed by the idea of celebrating this day.
I encourage all my friends to perhaps, not join in on the bbq at the beach and use the $50 you would spend on beers, Doritos and sausages to buy tickets to see Bangarra perform, or donate it to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation or The Cathy Freeman Foundation. Celebrate the survival, despite all odds, of the traditional owners of this land we all live on, and embrace their vast, strong, resilient and incredibly beautiful culture, of which we all can learn a thing or two from, namely inclusivity and peaceful living!
You could take the time to do something quiet, put back in to the land, perhaps plant a native tree using seeds you can purchase here ahead of the day: Victorian Native Seeds, or just go for a quiet walk with friends and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land you are in touch with. Get savvy with your local language by purchasing a map.
I acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, for it is their land I live and walk on, and breath the air of, that I pollute with the fuel in my car and the rubbish I dispose of. I make a promise to you, that every year I will learn more and contribute more and work alongside you, so that we can all be friends and live an equal life.
Artwork 'Holding Ground' 70 x 70 cm silk scarf, available in April.