With 26 January once again upon us, do we celebrate the National Day or do we respect and commemorate Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the longest living culture, or can we do both?
What a strange couple of years it has been… we will be remembering the time of Covid-19 for many years ahead and it will become more and more evident how epoch-defining it is.
Things change so quickly during these strange times, it's hard to keep track, particularly as Sydney has started to come out of pandemic-induced hibernation after four months of lockdown and restrictions.
Incarceration Nation lifts the wool from Australia’s eyes. It provides the answers to the questions we often fall short of explaining, and most importantly it enables First Nations people and their voices to share first hand their experiences. It does so without the colonisers reinterpretation that serves to protect the integrity of Australia’s national identity.
The movement for genuine and long overdue truth telling about Australian history has gained considerable momentum in recent years. The Frontier Wars in particular has emerged as one of, if not the most significant untold stories which it is now broadly agreed must be included in any such process.
Incarceration Nation is harrowing and heartbreaking. It takes the viewer on a journey through the legislative and policy changes, both historic and contemporary, that create systemic incarceration and racial injustice. I commend all involved in the producing, filming, storytelling and making of this very powerful, truthful film.
[Watch the premiere of Incarceration Nation on NITV, Sunday 29 August 8:30PM]
The word ‘Country’ has different meanings for people who live in this diverse land. Country can drip with the patriotism of modern Australia; it can instil thoughts of a faraway land; it can conjure a picture of rural settings, beyond the boundaries of cities and towns.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, by necessity, are far more politically savvy than their fellow Australian citizens.