Women’s Health West acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 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.
We recognise that 26 January 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 Peoples, and the dispossession of their lands and cultures.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities continue to show strength and resilience in the face of ongoing colonisation, dispossession, intergenerational trauma, racism, oppression and the removal from family and community. This continues to have a profoundly detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We also recognise the highly important role Aboriginal women play in improving the health and wellbeing of their communities.
We will always value the voices and contributions of Aboriginal communities leading the movement for equity, justice and self-determination. Women’s Health West is hopeful for, and committed to reconciliation.
The Invasion Day rally will be taking place in Melbourne on Sunday, and Women’s Health West staff will march with First Nations Peoples and allies. Sovereignty was never ceded.