According to our constitution Australia's history, it seemed, began with the arrival of the first fleet, on the 26th January 1788. At the time the British declared the land ‘terra nullius’ meaning “nobodies land.” Disregarding the 500 plus nations that occupied the island continent for tens of thousands of years. Today Australia is the only commonwealth nation not to have a treaty with its indigenous people.
This date 26th Jan now marks Australia Day, a national holiday when celebrations take place all across the country.
But for Australia's first people this day marks the start of the decimation of their people and culture. For many Aboriginal people, this day is referred to as 'invasion day’ or ‘survival day.’ It is in the words of one elder “a day that brings sadness to our hearts.”
There is a growing movement advocating that the Australia day date should change as a show of solidarity with Aboriginal People.
A date that we can all celebrate together. Photo taken in Broken Hill, NSW by @_justine_muller For @everydayaustralia #everydayeverywhere
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