"Heaven is everywhere / Where are you"
The truth and testimony to counteract all the rubbish slung about by Sunrise recently (even this morning!👎🏽🌄👎🏽) can be found in Ali Cobby Eckerman's poetry collection 'Love Dreaming & Other Poems'. Intergenerational trauma is referenced in 'Sink', which explores the fear of a partner walking out whenever they argue. At the end the baffled partner responds: "you stolen generation mob / you're really affected! / we was only arguing /whose turn to do the dishes!". Willful forgetting is referenced in 'Wildflowers' where "Mallets pound fence posts / in time with the sabres / to mask massacre sites". There are poems about masculinity in crisis, the Intervention, racism, anxiety at what has been lost and hope at what can be saved. The poems reveal the human beings behind the stereotypes, encouraging compassion even in tough poems like 'How Does A Father Feel' about toxic masculinity and child abuse, and 'I Tell You True' about alcoholism and trauma. There are so many great poems in this collection, it was hard to choose one to show here, but 'Ribbon' is a hopeful poem about how your connection to Country can never be severed. Ali Cobby Eckermann's fierce and compassionate voice reflects a true love for her Yankunytjatjara and Kokatha heritage and is very inspiring. Thankyou @___wolfess for gifting me with this beautiful book 💕📚💕 #alicobbyeckermann#vagabondpress
Thank you @narana_cultural_centre for having this lovely book on the shelf. Stolen Girl tells the story of the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. As a proud Yamatji woman this books touches close to home.
Thank you @magabalabooks for providing such an amazing educational resource for students and teachers.
On this day in 1997, the Bringing Them Home report was released, as part of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children. The report made 54 recommendations, the majority of which are yet to be made #aboriginalaustralia#stolengeneration#buildourfuture
Last weekend on our way to Collie to visit my uncle, we had the opportunity to tour the house in which my Dad spent a part of his childhood on the mission in Roelands. Which he doesn’t have a bad word to say about his experience!
As we left my Dad cried, explaining how he felt when he was taken away from his family. Being confused of why he was being taken, what he had done wrong and promising he will be good just as long as he could stay with his mum and dad. This shattered my heart. My dad was lucky enough to not spend too much time on the mission as his older brother was able to get my dad his brother and his sister out of the mission and care for them. My dad holds so much respect and gratitude to his brother for doing this for them, and I don’t think people in my family actually know just how much.. This was a moment I will cherish forever, seeing this and hearing the stories.
Everyone today is so consumed on image, on materialistic things, on money that they don’t take the time to appreciate what they have and what those of the past have endured to make today what it is!
APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE AND ESPECIALLY YOUR FAMILY!
National Close the Gap Day ✨ Tomorrow, 15th March. Everyone deserves the right to a healthy future and the opportunities this afford. We are very lucky to live in a rich country with a universal health system! However, many of Australia’s First People are denied the same access to healthcare that non-indigenous Australians take for granted. National Close The Gap Day gives us an opportunity to send the government a clear message that Australians value health equality as a fundamental right for all ✨ The Aboriginal Flag is divided horizontally into halves. The colours mean: • Black - Represents the Aboriginal people of Australia • Yellow circle - Represents the sun, the giver of life and protector • Red - Represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal people’s spiritual relation to the land ✨ #closethegap#australia#AustralianAboriginalFlag#baking#oxfam#makethechange#indigenous#domesticgodness#healthequality#cooking#australianfirstpeople#explore#stolengeneration#love
Why are white people on @sunriseon7 (with no experience) calling for Indigenous child removals?? In an article for @nitv_au, @misssummermay writes "Debates facilitated by the wrong people does little more than stir up emotions and reinforce negative stereotypes rather than focus on solutions,".
Enough of the white savior complex! Non-indigenous people need to stop speaking on behalf of our indigenous community, we need to listen, amplify and support THEIR voices 🖤💛❤️ artwork credit to @kambarni