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Re: LIVE CHAT Tue 19th 7PM AEDT- Australia's First People

In 2018 many events around Australia have had their date changed from January 26th to an alternative date and this has sparked debate among Australians, do you know why this is? What is your take on this?

I agree that the date should be changed - I think it would show more progress towards reconciliation.

Re: LIVE CHAT Tue 19th 7PM AEDT- Australia's First People

In 2018 many events around Australia have had their date changed from January 26th to an alternative date and this has sparked debate among Australians, do you know why this is? What is your take on this?
That's Australia Day right? I'm completely oblivious to everything, so I was unaware that they decided to change it but I did know a lot of people were arguing about it. To be totally honest, I don't care. The main issue I always had with Australia Day was that schools always start on that week, usually halfway through the week and get that day off so you have: Monday off, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday off(Aus Day) then Friday. Just so silly to me.
I understand that people want it changed because it was when settlers arrived... is that right? (I don't know my history) I feel like people overstate the important of it. To me, it's a "family day" or an excuse for family to have a gathering. Not some historically important day. But that's just me.
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Re: LIVE CHAT Wed 13th 7PM- Australia's First People

@j95 also my school also offers a trip to go to the northern territory to learn more about this topic, my friend went and she said it was amazing!!

Re: LIVE CHAT Wed 13th 7PM- Australia's First People

In 2018 many events around Australia have had their date changed from January 26th to an alternative date and this has sparked debate among Australians, do you know why this is? What is your take on this?

Yep, because January 26th is also known as Invasion Day to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Personally I reckon it is a pretty good idea because Invasion Day was such a dark and sad day for the Indigenous community and I think it’s very important that we need to acknowledge that and respect people’s decisions to change the date of several events that typically occur on January 26th because of that.

Re: LIVE CHAT Tue 19th 7PM AEDT- Australia's First People

In 2018 many events around Australia have had their date changed from January 26th to an alternative date and this has sparked debate among Australians, do you know why this is? What is your take on this?

I feel that Australia needs a day to call Australia Day and celebrate the country we live in but, it should definitely be on a different day as January 26th was the date the white settlers arrived in Australia and basically took over our land and well things kind of got worse and pretty awful from there... some people like to call it Invasion Day.
I feel that having Australia Day on this date is disrespectful and I am thankful for those organisations that have decided its also inappropriate and have made other arrangements.
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: LIVE CHAT Tue 19th 7PM AEDT- Australia's First People

In 2018 many events around Australia have had their date changed from January 26th to an alternative date and this has sparked debate among Australians, do you know why this is? What is your take on this? 

 

I definitely am not against the date being changed, and I think that since the date reflects the beginning of a period of suffering and oppression against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, it really shouldn't be something that is celebrated.

I'm also really surprised at how much backlash has happened when councils have decided not to celebrate Australia day, and how angry people get, but I guess because of the way Australia day is celebrated it might feel like a point of pride is being taken away from you

Re: LIVE CHAT Tue 19th 7PM AEDT- Australia's First People

Anonymous question: Why do we refer to people as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and not ATSI?

 

I personally don't mind being refered to this but some are not fond of it. Some people don't like this because Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are made up of many different nations with different traditions, languages so they feel ATSI is too much of a collective description to really honour their nation. It is ok to check with the person how they would like to be referred to, I'd much rather someone ask then be unsure. 

//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: LIVE CHAT Tue 19th 7PM AEDT- Australia's First People

Anonymous question: How long have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people been here for?

 

There is evidence to say that Indigenous people arrived here at least 55,000 years ago but many believe they could of been here up to 65,000 years ago 

//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: LIVE CHAT Tue 19th 7PM AEDT- Australia's First People

Anonymous question:

Why do a lot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people not want to have their name or photo mentioned after they pass away?
 
This not as widely practiced now as it used to be but many communities in the Northern Territory still follow this. It is said to disturb the spirits of the person. It started off as names but also turned to photos later on. I know that in my community some visitors with the same name as somebody who has passed away have to be referred to as their surname. 
 

 

//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: LIVE CHAT Tue 19th 7PM AEDT- Australia's First People

Well that brings us to end of our live chat, thank you very much for coming, I will still be here posting some answers to our anonymous questions. Our next chat will most likely be on nations and languages, and I will let you all know of a date closer. Thank you all for sharing what you know. Before we all go, did anyone learn anything new? 

//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//