For the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this country, Australia Day is not a day of celebration; it is a day of mourning. As the rest of the country gathers together they commemorate colonisation. But for us the 26th of January is a day of sadness, grief, and most importantly, a day of remembrance. It is a sacred day for our people to pay respect to those we lost and to support our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer now.
It is also a day to march and honour our survival.
We march for those who lived.
We march for those who triumphed. We march for those who fought fiercely to pass on our culture and our stories.
We march in honour of our ancestors and in reverence of our dreamtime. And we march for a better Australia. An Australia that is compassionate to all who live here now and respectful to all who came before.
The time has come for us as a country to WAKE UP to our history. The time has come for us as a country to heal and move forward.
The time has come for us to change this date.
- Kahl Wallis