Today is National Wattle Day! National Wattle Day has been celebrated across Australia on 1 September since 1992. To celebrate National Wattle Day we hear from Allison Dawn Waterhouse.
The history of our nation deeply affects the present and our future.
For over 60,000 years, 300 Aboriginal nations with over 600 dialects of language dwelt on the continent we now call Australia. Over 2,000 generations of Aboriginal people lived and died here.
In 1770 Captain Cook landed on Possession Island and began the dangerous story of Australia, which for Aboriginal peoples is filled with dispossession, disease, death and ongoing disadvantage.
As Christians we know the reach of sin, how it smothers its way into everything. All Australians are harmed by what has happened to Aboriginal Australians.
Only together, with lament and grief, apologies and forgiveness, friendship and solidarity, can we build a strong reconciled Australia.
This NAIDOC Week, we urge the Commonwealth Government and each member of Federal Parliament to take action towards Truth, Treaties and Voice. Sign the petition to show your support!
As we move from Refugee Week to NAIDOC week, it’s fitting that we listen to Academics Mark Brett and Naomi Wolfe as they explore the roles of guest and host in the Australian context. This piece is an edited excerpt from a NAIITS Conference paper. The full paper will be published in the NAIITS Journal later in the year.
Thank you for journeying with us this #NRW19 as we explored Reconciliation as Truth and Action. Let's keep walking together into NAIDOC Week.