Photographer's Note

Following on from my previous photo, this is another image I took on the Invasion Day march. On 26 January most of Australia celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Aboriginal culture commemorates it as a day of mourning and of survival.

This is an image of a young Bidjigal woman and her grandson, who performed a corroboree dance at the march. She also spoke about her recent interaction with police, where they entered her house without a warrant following a noise complaint. She ended up being thrown into a police van, was assaulted by police and released without charge, after spending several hours in custody. If you look closely, you can see the scars on her forehead and temple, the leftovers of the severe bruising and cuts she received. Upon lodging a complaint about police conduct, Child Services were called by police and she fears that her 4 children may be taken away.

In the state of New South Wales alone, over 6,500 Aboriginal children are presently in care, having been taken from their parents by police and Family Services. The Stolen Generations have not stopped, despite the Australian Government issuing an apology nine years ago to the Stolen Generations. Funding cuts to Legal Aid and Aboriginal Legal Services have resulted in making obtaining a lawyer to retrieve the children very difficult.

The genocide is no longer overt, where food and water was poisoned. It is genocide by stealth: shortened life expectancy, the suffering of Third World diseases, disproportionate incarceration, huge deaths in custody statistics, the stealing of children, destruction of remote communities, the stealing of land, highest youth suicide in the world...the list goes on.

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