FROM INVASION TO HEALING

BY MIKE WELSH

Lewis Walker is an Bundajalung elder from the North Coast NSW town of Tabulam and predicts that a healing day will overtake Invasion day within a decade

Lewis -who speaks the 13 languages of his nation- was in Canberra to attend the Australia Day Invasion Day (Jan 26) march. The Wahria-Bal custodian says a day of remembrance is a day of healing and hopes “to change this traumatised day into healing the people and healing the land”

Bundajalung elder and Wahria-Bal custodian Lewis Walker

Many laws were broken on this day, and before this day and before that because back then we had no record and no witnesses but today we got witnesses from all walks of life.

Lewis Walker
A Smoking Ceremony at the Tent Embassy on Australia Day


TENT EMBASSY BRANCHES OUT

BY MIKE WELSH

 

A group of Canberra based indigenous people has occupied the unoccupied iconic Lobby restaurant in Parkes.

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The Lobby Restaurant in Parkes

The group going by the name of Landlord Ngunnawal Custodians has issued the National Capital Authority- owners of the building-across from Old Parliament House-with an “eviction notice” and a bill for over $7mil in back rent. The figure calculated at $3,000 pw since 1968.

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The group of around a dozen including children is sleeping in the building which has been empty for over a year. The protestors moved in on Sunday and placed a wooden plank across the front door and pitched the Aborigional flag outside. A spokesperson says a meeting is scheduled for Wednesday (Nov 8) to plan the next step which includes a take opver of the nearby rose gardens.

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Clinton Pryor

Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and Yulparitja man Clinton Pryor who undertook the 5500 kms  Walk for Justice from Perth to Canberra arriving at the Tent Embassy on September 2 this year, returned to Canberra this week for a National gathering and is expected to be  a part of Wednesday’s meeting.

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Police visited the Lobby restaurant today but left without incident.