With so many tweets, emails, facebook posts and messages going out every year around this time supporting change and understanding in regards to why the 26th January is so deeply insulting for Indigenous people, it is clearly well beyond time that we as a nation set about the rectification of this.
Chris Graham posted on newmatilda.com:
All Australians, regardless of their age, have directly benefited from the dispossession of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. You enjoy the privileges of everything Australia has to offer directly at the expense of Aboriginal people. That’s something worth acknowledging.
I totally agree and can see how everyone having festivities to celebrate being Australian on the 26th of January is certainly not inclusive of Indigenous Communities that find that date particularly harrowing. I for one would totally support a change of date and also a day dedicated to improving our relationships with the first people of Australia.
I would really like to know a lot more about what life was like here before white people arrived and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture and it's traditions and practices.
Why don't we already have more Indigenous orientated public holidays anyway? And why can't we find a more inclusive day to celebrate Australia Day? I know that I was utterly perplexed by the decision to have an AFL based public holiday last year, seriously, why the fuck did that happen? Isn't it bad enough that we take a day off for horse racing, now footy too? Like sports all you want, but when our link to the first people of our land is being ignored and insulted, we really need to have a rethink about what the fuck we are doing.
Come on Australia, we can do better, a hell of a lot better. What is holding up the progress? We welcome all cultures to our country, why are we not celebrating Indigenous culture? I am so confused by the lack of progress in this area, it is absolutely shameful.
Release Date: 2002
Running Time: 94 mins
An Australian drama directed by Phillip Noyce and based on the book Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. This harrowing true story outlines the experiences of three mixed race aboriginal girls that fled from a re-education settlement and walked along 1,500 miles of rabbit-proof fence to find their way home.
In 1931, after being forcibly removed from their family's care, three spirited aboriginal girls named Molly, Daisy and Gracie escape the Moore River Native Settlement and embark on an arduous and dangerous journey home. But home is over 2,400 km away and their only guide is a rabbit proof fence. Over their nine week walk home, the girls are also being pursued by enforcement authorities and an Indigenous tracker.
Rabbit Proof Fence is a fabulous story about the stolen generation, full of genuine fear and longing, this is an incredibly emotional movie. The three girls are just tremendous, especially Everlyn Sampi who portrays Molly. Get your tissues at the ready, you will have a lot of feels over this one.
FINAL SAY: This girl is clever, she wants to go home.
3.5 Chili Peppers