Jo Faith, Newtown
Strong objections to the proposed development of this dam have been articulated by the Indigenous Heritage First Nations People of the North Coast. This proposal directly defies the cultural/spiritual/sacred significance of the land to First Nations peoples. The Australian nation recently witnessed the destruction of sacred land by the mining company Rio Tinto. In its destructive wake sacred objects dating back 40,000 years were destroyed and lost to culture. This vile act was supported by flaky legislation whereby the offender can apologise to the owners for hurt and pain, but not in any way apologise for the actual act of destruction!
How long will it take for settlers in this nation to realise the direct links between genocide and ecocide? Why choose to remain totally ignorant?
First Nations peoples actually do ceremonies to welcome settlers to land. This is not tokenistic; it is the manner of respect that culturally lives within a wider First Nations cosmology not understood by settlers.
What does this settler nation give back to the First Nations peoples?
Destruction of land, culture, sacred sites, poverty, early death, removal of children, targeting by authorities protecting ‘the law’, youth incarceration, youth suicide, endless incarceration, per capita the highest on the globe, deaths in custody (474 since 1991), and the final insult to culture, removal of Indigenous organs in prisons without consent. This offensive practice violates First Nations culture.
We are all diminished by wilful ignorance. Time to show respect, give back, and work co-operatively with First Nations peoples. Yes to a [ITALIC]democratic[/ITALIC] voice in Parliament. No to the dam. Come together with goodwill.