What a big turn out for the NAIDOC march through the city from Tarndanyangga (Victoria Square) to the banks of the River Torrens.
Here are some of the images from the annual Rally…
What a wonderful day of Spirit and Pride intermingled with the outrage and injustice of all that continues to occur with government policies that sanction the continual erosion of self-determination and justice.
Linking child abuse in some communities to the removal of land rights across the board re-enforces the historical mistrust and outrage that began when the first piece of traditionally owned land was invaded and occupied all those years ago.
When John Howard announced that the government will be sending in the police and army to change behaviours in communities, I wondered where the Healers, the counsellors and culturally connected facilitators of change fitted into the equation…
They don’t of course and the disregard of the deep healing, systemic cultural trauma and grief and loss components of initiating sustainable changes reflects the lack of Initiation and wisdom by those who have made these autocratic decisions.
“Don’t Tampa with our Children” was one of the messages on the placard…
As a non-Aboriginal Australian for Reconciliation and justice I am dismayed by the on going racism by exclusion in this country…
Where are young Aboriginal teenagers seeing themselves on mainstream television? Rarely ever on popular soaps and the on going stereotyping of Nunga youth as either a criminal, car thief or football player re-enforces the limitations of systemic stereotyping even further.
You can view some of the positive stories on the Indigidocs website that we developed in partnership with the S.A. film corp, NungaTV and members of the Community:
Click here for the Indigidocs short-docos on line
Katrina Power’s story can be heard by clicking on the NTV4 button on the t.v. graphic. Her insights regarding contemporary ‘rites of passage’ through the criminal system are a powerful statement.
Statistics reveal that whilst 4 in 1,000 non Indigenous youth experience incarceration 54 in 1,000 Aboriginal youth will be locked up at any given time.
Katrina Power was the first Aboriginal Journalist working for The Advertiser, back in the years when it was considered important to have a journalist who would cover the news, views and events in the Aboriginal Community here in South Australia.
The NAIDOC march in Adelaide was not covered by the media…we didn’t see the story on the evening news.
Media often talk up the negative issue-based stories but give far less voice to the positive gatherings that reflect strength and pride and give little voice or recognition of the critical issues related to land theft, injustice and the on-going exploitation of traditional land and resources….aspects of Australian history and current circumstances that remain untold on the larger platform of Australia’s media / story telling outlets.
After awhile the predictable media-pattern of perception and portrayal becomes apparent when you see how little coverage the grass roots, positive stories receive when you attend many open-Community events annually and consistently find no coverage of them in the local papers or on television.
Life and how it is constructed and portrayed is all about relationships and I often ponder on how many politicans, public servants and media creators /journalists and story tellers have personal connections and relationships with Aboriginal people….the cultural divide is still a chasm in this great land of Oz. I know that when peple have personal relationships with those they see as ‘different’, the racism by exclusion would not be as prolific as it is today…
When we care and connect at a personal level we have a very different experience of the suffering and challenges of others.
“We are all the same within, regardless of the skin we are in”….
So here is my short photo essay of the culmination of NAIDOC 2007…photos that say Yes! it DID happen even if you didn’t read about it in the press….
Thankyou to the NAIDOC Committe and the many volunteers and contributors who made the NAIDOC Celebrations a huge success.
The “Sold” sign in the background is more than a bit ironic…