As a nation, Australia has a history of colonization that has resulted in the displacement, oppression, and trauma of Indigenous Australians. January 26th, also known as Invasion Day or Survival Day, is a day that holds deep significance and pain for Indigenous peoples, as it marks the beginning of this traumatic period in history.
As a society, it is important that we acknowledge and take responsibility for the historical injustices committed against Indigenous Australians, and work towards reconciliation and justice. This includes educating ourselves about the true history of colonization, supporting Indigenous-led movements and causes, and listening to the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous peoples.
One important way to show our support and solidarity with Indigenous Australians is through empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It allows us to see the world through someone else’s eyes and to understand their experiences and perspectives.
To show empathy towards Indigenous Australians, we can start by educating ourselves about the history of colonization and its ongoing impact on Indigenous communities. We can also actively seek out and listen to the voices and perspectives of Indigenous Australians, whether through reading Indigenous authors, attending Indigenous-led events, or simply having conversations with Indigenous friends, family, or colleagues.
Another way to show empathy is by supporting Indigenous-led movements and causes. This can include supporting Indigenous-owned businesses, attending rallies and protests, or donating to Indigenous-led organizations. It’s important to understand that Indigenous peoples are the experts of their own lives and cultures, and that their leadership is crucial in creating change.
As individuals and as a society, we can also work to challenge and dismantle the systemic racism and discrimination that Indigenous Australians continue to face today. This includes supporting policies and programs that promote Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination, as well as actively speaking out against racism and discrimination when we see it.
In conclusion, showing support and solidarity with Indigenous Australians is an ongoing process that requires empathy, education, and action. By understanding the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous peoples, supporting Indigenous-led movements, and actively working to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination, we can move towards a more just and equitable society for all Australians.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging. We celebrate the stories, culture, and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.