Traditional Owners

 

'The land is my mother. Like a human mother, the land gives us 
protection, enjoyment and provides our needs – economic, social and 
religious. We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, 
daughter, son. When the land is taken from us or destroyed, we feel 
hurt because we belong to the land and we are part of it. 
-Djinyini Gondarra
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Image at Iluka Art & Design

 

‘AUSTRALIA DAY’

 

We’ve travelled around this magnificent land of Oz,

after meeting our indigenous peoples’ I wanted to share this because;

If you have a mind to listen,

our Australian Aboriginal peoples,

hold an ancient and timeless wisdom and vision.

 

When those first ships sailed into their Australian port,

convicts ruled by kings were told to ‘imprison, annihilate and sort’

Those, our dear elders and ancestors who lived here, in peace,

Were herded like cattle and sold on, just like sheep.

 

Those invaders brought their booze, crimes and disease,

where are our traditional keepers of this land now, if you please?

Sold out by the wealthy miners for rich men’s treasure and fortune,

now being portrayed by the media as uncivilised people of misfortune.

 

Our new generation of white settlers want to celebrate this date,

but, don’t you think we should think about this again mate?

tragically two different cultures collided on that regretful day,
Would you celebrate the holocaust or Anzac day with parties and fireworks?

 

what do YOU say?

Victoria Healing ~ 26.1.2018

#Change The Date

 

Rhyme in Verse

@rhymesvpoetry

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