Not a date to celebrate

Indigenous, News | Posted January 24, 2023
Not a date to celebrate

26 January – not a date to celebrate

At OzChild we feel incredibly grateful for the beautiful lands on which we are so lucky to live and work on. We are honoured to walk alongside Aboriginal colleagues, carers, and friends who we acknowledge and thank for sharing their culture and knowledge with us. It is a privilege to share this magnificent country with First Nations People as we work together to achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, and families.

26 January is an important date in Australia’s history, but, celebrating the arrival of the First Fleet conjures feelings of both pride and pain: there is so much to celebrate about Australia – but for many, “Australia Day” is a difficult day for mourning, which is why we believe January 26 is not a date to celebrate.

This Australia Day, we encourage you to stand with First Nations People and share the message, January 26 is not a date to celebrate, and embrace the opportunity to learn more, share more, and talk to those around you.

The more we talk openly and honestly about our history the greater the chance we have at a day that includes respectful recognition and celebration by all Australians of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to our nation.

And if you want to show your support for First Nations People there are so many events taking place to mark the day respectfully with community. For many First Nations People Australia Day acts as an opportunity to reflect, engage in truth-telling and revel in Aboriginal art, culture, and knowledge.

A Survival Day events listing can be viewed here. These events are a great opportunity to seek out an alternative way of spending the nationally recognised public holiday.

Survival Day events are often about making Indigenous culture accessible to First Nations and allies alike, in a supportive, safe environment.

While Australians of today are not directly responsible for what happened in the past, it is up to us to advocate for change, to use the knowledge we have gained to educate and inspire others to keep learning.

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OzChild acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We acknowledge their cultures are living ones, which relate to their ongoing connection to all things living and non-living on land, sea and sky.

We pay our respect to Elders past and present.

May the children of today lead us to a brighter tomorrow.

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