ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I acknowledge First Nations people who have never ceded sovereignty of this land, as the traditional owners and custodians of Australia.

 

I acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have survived to this day despite the devastating and long-lasting effects of invasion and injustices of the past and present.

 

I acknowledge the substantial disadvantage which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to suffer. I also acknowledge the strength and resilience of First Nations people.

 

This acknowledgement is heartfelt.

 

I have seen the aftermath of invasion and dispossession on contemporary Aboriginal life, having lived and worked on an Aboriginal community and worked with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory for 20 years.

 

This motivates me to act to tackle this legacy of disadvantage and racism.

 

Through this statement, my personal discussions and my art, I commit to encouraging dialogue, challenging ways of thinking and enabling truth telling.

 

I commit to supporting First Nations people aspirations and the demands espoused by 'The Uluru Statement from the Heart'.

 

I yearn for Australia to embrace and celebrate Aboriginal knowledge and culture as well as respect of land, to shape Australia’s future.