Reconciliation Australia

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Missy Higgins

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What does reconciliation mean to you?

Reconciliation to me this means compassion, respect and understanding. We need to understand why they’re going through the struggles that they’re going through and not just push it away because we don’t understand it or it’s not something we can relate to. The word sorry seems like such a simple thing to say and I know it does mean a lot and it does carry a lot of connotations but you know there cant be a simpler way to put it to the Indigenous people of Australia. I think the least we can do is say is that one little word. Our leaders can represent us with that one little word.

As an artist what is your contribution to reconciliation?

Everyone kind of handles these things in different ways and I guess talking about reconciliation and showing people that you’re an advocate for reconciliation between white and Indigenous Australia. People have to be leaders of their own little world and I think if you can just spread the word in your own little garden and talk to as many people as you can and try to inform yourself and try to inform others that’s the most you can do I think. There’s a lot more that needs to be done to educate the general public about this culture we’re sharing this land with. We really don’t know that much about them and I don’t think we do enough to understand each other. And I think we really should. We’re walking this red earth together and I think the least we can do is show a little respect and compassion for each other.

Reconcile, together we can be the difference.

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