Women’s Health West Statement on Invasion Day

Women’s Health West 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.

On 26 January 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 express our hope for, and commitment, to reconciliation.

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 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are strong and continue to lead improvements in health and wellbeing for their communities.

The invasion day rally and march is taking place in Melbourne on Saturday, so thought we would share this article and quote from Celeste Liddle (who’ll be joining us at our International Women’s Day event on 5 March).

‘Australians all stand to benefit from living in a country where the lands are cared for and fruitful, where true history is taught and learnt from, and where the diversity of more than 200 groups of sovereign owners is respected and indeed celebrated. March for that future.’

[Full article can be found at http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article/this-invasion-day–march-for-the-future?fbclid=IwAR2NFxnKqVGM6O9IKMmlLmpl6Jbj42BmqDGoRdLY2cqw8J6NFA7jR6wO3BM]