Statement 26 January
We recognise that January 26 is not a celebration for all Australians.
Gippsland Women’s Health acknowledge 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.
We recognise that January 26 is not a celebration for all Australians. 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 culture.
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.
On January 26, we stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 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. We support the Uluru Statement, the road map to a new beginning, to create a unified country that can move forward.