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When Europeans settlers arrived, colonial law, policies and practices affected Indigenous people in ways none of us can imagine.
"To me, our current time is another dreamtime.”
This National Reconciliation Week it’s important we all take time to sit and reflect upon why Indigenous culture and post-colonial history still struggle to be united.
I believe we are all a brother and sisterhood - short-term custodians of the land, surrounded by the sea, we call Australia.
I was recently pondering who was here before us, and what they were doing before the ships arrived - how did they live, and how did they pass?
I also thought of those who today have not experienced the opportunities I have enjoyed and often cannot live as well as many of us do.
My cultural heritage demands that I too actively seek reconciliation. Not because of guilt, but because of a sense of what is real.
I seek my inner peace in reflection – it’s my time to look forward to tomorrow, as all my yesterdays have passed me by.
To me, our current time is another dreamtime.
I hope other Victorians, both Aboriginal and not Aboriginal, find time to think about their own values and the opportunities presented to them in life in order to influence true reconciliation.
Let’s swim with the current and stand together to make a difference.