research | semester 1
This image displays the massacre sites throughout Victoria. Each red dot is a site of trauma for many past and present-day Indigenous Australians. The truth of colonial history has been deliberately misrepresented and excluded from our education system creating a history based upon unrealistic events and misappropriated myth. The shame and guilt created from this period has been handed down to our generations and subsequently created systemic racism and stereotyped cultures. What has been repressed now festers in our society causing more harm the longer it is not brought to light and discussed in open dialogue.
Exposure and conversations of the massacres not only in Victoria but the whole of Australia is not only essential but crucial in acknowledging and taking responsibility for past horrors inflicted upon the Aboriginal peoples. Open transparent dialogue is the only way to progress if we wish to heal the erosive gap that is evident in present day between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
I personally believe that honesty is required to be brought to the forefront relieving society from the fairy stories told to us as children about our forefathers and their heroic endeavours to tame a wild land. In actuality, the homeland of the original landholders, the original PEOPLE who had lived here for centuries was stolen.
Each step we take is on stolen land.
Each step we take should be towards understanding and acknowledging.
Each step we take must be towards the truth.