For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and many Sydneysiders the 26 January date is not something to celebrate because it marks the start of invasion, dispossession and killings, stolen wages, stolen children and ongoing inequality.
I support the day and date being changed to focus on reconciliation and citizenship.
Many feel a great sense of patriotism and want to celebrate our national day. Being patriotic is also about being honest, and I will use the day to reflect on the historic injustices faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and urge new citizens to work with me and fellow Sydneysiders towards reconciliation and treaty.
This is a perfect time for listening, learning and reflecting on Australia's Indigenous history and the world's oldest living culture. Join one of the events at: > HERE or the Yabun Festival livestreamed: > HERE.