Culturally insensitive

Two centuries of humiliation, dispossession, injustice and suffering and it still continues on today. How difficult can it be to change the date and reconcile with the past and live in harmony?

The veteran journalist and Wiradjuri man, Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor Stan Grant, told a Sydney audience that racism is ‘at the heart of the Australian dream’, as he delivered a speech about the impact of colonisation and discrimination on Indigenous people and their ancestors. This speech was delivered on 25th Jan 2015. 4 years on nothing much has changed. Racism is huge problem in Australia. [Transcript]

“It is hard to fathom how a country can proudly hold a day of remembrance with the slogan ‘lest we forget’ in honour of those who lost their lives in the war overseas. Yet when it comes to the thousands of black lives lost RIGHT HERE under our feet, we are all forced to celebrate. Its hypocritical and its bloody racist.” — Nala Mansell @colourcodeorgau
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”Fellow non-indigenous Australians: for god’s sake, educate yourselves, today and everyday.” — @mrbenjaminlaw .

For thousands of years, the original inhabitants of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occupied the lands with very different boundaries than today, centred on intimate cultural relationships with the land and sea. The map is an attempt to represent all the language, tribal or nation groups of the Indigenous peoples of Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups were included on the map based on the published resources available between 1988 and 1994 which determine the cultural, language and trade boundaries and relationships between groups. ref: AIATSIS

Recognising the 26th of January as 'Invasion Day’ is about remembrance. It’s a way of bringing to light the truth of how this country was colonised, and the devastating impacts this has had on the sovereign nations that existed here for more than 60,000 years.

This land always was and always will be aboriginal land.

Amit Karmakar

378 Miller St, Cammeray, NSW 2062, Australia