Australia/Invasion/Survival Day

Australia/Invasion/Survival Day

This January 26 is an opportunity to reflect on the historic injustices faced by First Nations people and to promote truth-telling, understanding, respect, healing and reconciliation. 

While many people feel a great sense of patriotism and want to celebrate our national day, this should include recognising the place and contributions of First Nations people in our history, and being considerate of people who see the day as one of mourning.

I support changing the date and agree with Labor’s shadow minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney whose opinion piece published in The Sydney Morning Herald today eloquently explains why a new date is appropriate, read article > HERE. I encourage respectful conversations focused on reconciliation, treaty and citizenship and will spend the day seeking opportunities to celebrate the survival, strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

The Yabun Festival celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture celebrates its 20th anniversary > HERE.

Nasara – Yarning South Sea Islander festival > HERE

Sydney Australia Day events > HERE.

Read more > HERE, IndigenousX: > HERE and Common Ground HERE.

Check NITV > HERE.

I continue to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart call for a First Nations Voice to Parliament, Truth and Treaty or Makaratta > HERE.

Let's work together to celebrate and protect our great city!