Have Your Say

If I want you to listen to my story it's only fair I listen to yours

February 15 2024 - 2:11pm

I FIRST encountered Welcome to Country in Darwin 2004. As a whitefella I thought it sounded perfunctory and overly formal. That was twenty years ago. My thoughts then reflected my ignorance. I have grown to reach an understanding that makes perfect sense to me. Welcome to Country is a story. Just like we whitefellas like to tell stories that reflect our ancestors and our origins, Welcome to Country is in the same vein. We are asked to acknowledge past present and future custodians of the land. We whitefellas have for millennia recorded our history in writing. Indigenous history is recorded orally. If we were part of an oral tradition going back 60,000 plus years why would we not honour it now and into the future? The clincher for me is this: If I want you to listen to my story then it is only fair and reasonable I listen to yours. That way indigenous history also becomes our history and we are all the richer for it.

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