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.
In the lead up to Survival Day this year, three key reports have been released, the interim Report to the Australian Government by the Indigenous Co-Design team on the Voice; the Human Rights Watch World Report for 2021; and, the 2021 State of Reconciliation in Australia Report released last week by Reconciliation Australia.
I have absolutely no problem celebrating on January 26… when I’m in India.That is the anniversary of the day in 1950 when India was declared an independent republic, free of both its colonial masters and the British crown. A coincidence that makes the Australian festivities around January 26 all the more perplexing and demeaning.
So here we go again! January the 26th 2020, Australia Day, Foundation Day, Citizenship and Award ceremonies.
For some of us.