Reconciliation Australia

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What do you see as an issue for reconciliation?

Ignorance, yeh that’s one of the main things I see and I’m encountering it more everyday but I guess the more people talk about it, the more people put their issues and their way of thinking out on the table so we can all talk about it and exchange ideas. Yeh, I think we’ll all be better off for it.

What can we do?

Well I guess it starts with teaching people, I guess, teaching people about the culture and the people and teaching the younger generations as well, ‘cos they’re our future you know. Basically educating those people about Aboriginal people and Aboriginal people’s culture – our customs, what our dances mean, and our stories and where they come from and basically what all that stuff means to us as Aboriginal people. Read. Read the history of the country, don’t read a boat came into Botany Bay in 1788 and a flag was planted. It’s more than that – there were peace treaties signed and there was warfare and stuff. People don’t know about these stories, so the more awareness that’s created the better off I guess we’ll be as people and a society in Australia.

As an artist, what is your contribution to reconciliation?

Breaking the cycle I guess and being there, helping the children, helping them on their journey, guiding them on the right path. And then as a man as well, reclaiming my culture and passing that on to other young Aboriginal children around Australia as well and installing pride, as much as I have in it myself.

Brothablack here. Reconciliation is a story that belongs to all of us, join the conversation.

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