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.
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.
Thank you for journeying with us this #NRW19 as we explored Reconciliation as Truth and Action. Let's keep walking together into NAIDOC Week.
On day 7 of National Reconciliation week, we shed light on the truth of Stolen Wages. Byron Smith encourages us to 'acknowledge the realities of systemic theft and fraud committed against our first peoples.' Brooke Prentis leads us in a powerful prayer of lament. #NRW19 #GroundedInTruth
On Day 6 of Reconciliation Week, we are confronting the blindness in our nation surrounding Aboriginal massacres. Florence Hydon is co-chair of the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group. She shares with us the Group's journey of learning the hidden truths of massacres and land theft in their region, and of advocating for truth telling and justice. We feature Safina Stewart's painting titled 'McMillan'.