Always Was, Always will be

We recognise that January 26 is not a celebration for all Australians.

Gippsland Women’s Health acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s first peoples and the traditional owners and custodians of the land and water in which we live, work and play.

On 26 January, we stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This day marks the unlawful invasion of Australia that resulted in the genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and dispossession of their land and cultures.

The intersection of colonisation and dispossession, intergenerational trauma, removal from family and community, racism, discrimination, and marginalisation continue to have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In the face of these enormous challenges they are strong and continue to lead improvements in health and wellbeing for their communities.

We recognise and value the voices, strength and resilience of Aboriginal women and emphasise the importance of organisations controlled by and run for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Always Was, Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Our office will be closed on Monday and will resume normal working hours on Tuesday 28th January. If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence you can find support by calling 000 or Safesteps 1800 015 188.

(Our sincere thanks to Charlotte Allingham for allowing us to share her amazing artwork)

[Image description: An illustration of an Aboriginal woman standing proud at a protest above a sea of people. She is holding a sign that reads “always was, always will be Aboriginal land”, and is wearing a white t-shirt that has an Aboriginal flag and the words ‘Black Flag’ on it. She has short wavy, black hair and orange and white dot painting on her face. The people around her have tears coming from their eyes, and some have a fist raised. Many are wearing clothes with the Aboriginal flag on it or holding signs that read “no pride in genocide”. There is also a long Aboriginal flag that sweeps above them and the sky is red and black with a large yellow sun.]