IPSWICH residents will be able to enjoy a day of celebration with cultural performers, information stalls, entertainment, food, children’s rides and Elder’s area next Thursday.
The NAIDOC Family and Cultural Celebration will be held from 10am-2pm on July 7 at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex at Flinders View.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait community has a proud history of getting up, standing up, and showing up.
From the frontier wars and the earliest resistance fighters to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities fighting for change today, they continue to show up.
The call must continue to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for systemic change and keep rallying around their Mob, their Elders, their communities.
Whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism, it must be done together.
It must be a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and co-operative reforms.
It’s also time to celebrate the many who have driven and led change in the communities over generations—they have been the heroes and champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.
Getting Up, Standing Up, and Showing Up can take many forms.
There is a need to move beyond just acknowledgment, good intentions, empty words and promises, and hollow commitments.
The relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non Indigenous Australians needs to be based on justice, equity, and the proper recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights.
Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! with the them to amplify their voices and narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.