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.
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.
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.
At the launch of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) report in Broome last week, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM observed that that the release of the report marked a line in the sand for our First Nations women and girls, and for all Australians.
June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner