As a young girl growing up in Victoria, Georgia never dreamt that one day she would claim several Aboriginal women as her closest friends. In ‘One Day I’ll Dance at Your Wedding’ we meet Georgia, who accepts an invitation to work as a volunteer in Murgon / Cherbourg in South East Queensland. Cherbourg is one of Queensland’s largest Aboriginal communities.
Georgia’s story reveals the importance of ‘waiting’ when one makes the choice to attempt to build a respect filled relationship with Aboriginal people. Through local mentors and the day to day ups and downs of relationship Georgia discovered a whole world of relationship and family that is hidden to the casual glance or pre-conceived opinion. Through creating a respectful space for trust building Georgia experiences a sisterhood and belonging she could only have imagined.
As one responds to issues within our world it is important to know there are many ways to respond. Not everyone can nor should respond in radical ways. Most responses should either grow awareness of the situation, stand in solidarity with people, advocate for them or the issue or take some form of action. One of the key responses should always be to form some sort of personal relationship with the person or issue; taking it beyond labels to the people who are daily effected by it.
Medium term: Fly the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag at your workplace. Watch the series 'First Australians' which chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia from the perspective of her first people. For more information visit www.madman.com.au
Longer term: Connect with the local Aboriginal community where you live and learn about their history. Tell these stories whenever you can and aim to erect a plaque that recognises the traditional custodians of the land.
Medium term: Visit the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission website and learn more about the social and economic challenges facing many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Longer term: Support the 'Make Indigenous Poverty History' campaign to reduce poverty among Australian Indigenous people.
Longer term: Each year host an Indigenous focussed lecture or sharing time and invite a prominent Aboriginal person to be the keynote speaker or attend same (eg. The Mabo Oration).
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