Posts Tagged ‘Indigenous Australia’

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Indigenous Art

July 7, 2009

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Australia Day 1986

June 9, 2009

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Happy Apology Day!

February 13, 2008
From the diary…

Today was an historic day in the history of this beautiful nation of Australia. I shed a tear or two as the leaders of this nation stood in Parliament to offer an apology to the Indigenous Australians. It seemed as if the whole nation stopped, for a moment, to watch as the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader both apologised for the brutal, horrific treatment of Indigenous Australians. Ever since non-Indigenous people made their way to this continent, the native peoples have been subject to inhuman cruelties. Perhaps even more sadly, since more and more nations have sent their migrants here, the First Peoples of Australia have been more and more marginalised, as more vocal immigrants make their own voices and demands known.

I am a white Australian, and my family have been free settlers (not convicts!) here for many generations – some dating back to the First Fleet in the 1700s. It saddens and appals me to think that my ancestors’ generations took advantage of the Indigenous Peoples.

As a Bible-believing Christian, I am also disgusted that many cruelties and brutalities were unleashed upon the Indigenous Peoples in the name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Bible clearly teaches the shared humanity of all people, regardless of race, gender or socio-economic status. According to Scripture, we are all descendants of Adam and Eve first, and of Noah – the various cultures and languages of the world arising as the people were scattered at the Tower of Babel, thousands of years ago. There are no “more evolved” or “less evolved” people. We are all made in the image of our Creator. And it saddens me that my Lord’s name has been used to unleash oppression and hatred upon other humans.

It was amazing to walk through the shopping centre today, where nearly all the television sets were clearly playing the live coverage of the Prime Minister’s apology to Indigenous Australians, especially the stolen generations. Shopkeepers were pausing to watch the historic address. In the queue at the bank, I noticed that even the bank tellers were stopping to watch the tv. What an amazing day!

I personally hope this will mark a new era of light, hope, love and respect amongst Australians of all backgrounds, and that the Indigenous Australians will receive the respect and honour they deserve, as people groups with dignity, respect, and acknowledgement from all the different cultures represented in our country.

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