Life Update

I wrote this over the weekend, listening to the Les Miserables soundtrack. I kept getting snippets in my head after hearing songs from it the other week, so played the soundtrack to hear them fully. That led me to think about timelines and such, which led me to this interesting blog post, “Enjoy Les Mis, but please get your history straight“.

Anyway. The day you read this, I’ll be back on placement, ready for the next seven weeks. My last weeks of university for my Occupational Therapy course. The first week was good; may the rest be even better.

Below are some nice nature shots I’ve taken lately. The other weekend, I saw a camellia bush that had been bred to have two different colours of flowers on it (red and white with red stripes). Other highlights from that day out photographed included lots of wattle trees and other plants, as well as a koala in a gum tree that was a bit too far off to photograph properly.

 

 

 

Always Was, Always Will Be

Today is a day of celebration officially for many in Australia. But for many others, the First Nations peoples of Australia, it is a day of mourning. It is Invasion Day or Survival Day.

There are many reasons to celebrate Australia and many things to defend about Australia. Buttoday is the wrong date to do so, because by celebrating today we discount the experiences of First Nations’ peoples.

See here for a map of Australian First Nations’ language/cultural groupings.

Below is a statement I adapted from a website which is encouraging people to use their social media to support First Nations’ peoples on this day. (I couldn’t post it to Facebook through their link because my additions made it longer than 420 characters.)

Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which I live and study, the Wadawurrung and Wurundjeri peoples. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years. Their sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

Add your acknowledgements here: http://www.commongrace.org.au/jan26_share