The AIM Network 1 September, 2014
Since Europeans first set foot on ‘Terra Australis’ the dispossession of Aboriginal Australians has been ruthless and unrelenting. For over two centuries our Indigenous brothers and sisters have seen their land and culture ripped away from them, and governments, so it seems, just sit back and watch.
Now it’s time for the government to listen.
From our First Nation’s women comes this message.
On the 1st of September, First Nations women are walking from Melbourne to Canberra.
Why? Because the sisters, aunties, mothers and grandmothers have been witnessing long enough to the pain and suffering, hopelessness and despair of our people and homelands through systematic genocide by forcing conditions upon them resulting in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual harm to the first Australians.
We have seen enough of the self-medicating blocking out from our trauma and grief and the dysfunction this brings. We need our own healing camps and safe places for the community to come to in times of despair.
We have seen enough of the poverty in our communities when the rest of Australia are growing rich on the proceeds of genocide through the loss of our homelands through real estate and mining. We are saying to this government and its agents (and including our own people): “To set our people free from bondage to an alien law system that is not of our own choosing . . . We are bound by the first law for this old country and that is creator spirit/God’s universal rule of natural law.”
The most omnipotent law of all laws it is the superior Supreme Law: a law that is stronger to us than to any man made law.
We will be walking to Canberra and once there request an audience with the ministers in Parliament with a list of issues that we are claiming back as the Sovereigns to our homelands and water ways.
We ‘begin’ our walk with a breakfast BBQ send off on August 30th at 7:30am, at Coburg Lake Reserve. Come and give the walkers a great send off and please bring a plate to share!
Also on the 30th we will be conducting a planning circle, banner painting, and open mic. Starts at 12pm at the Edinburgh Gardens (near playground and bbqs), St. Georges Rd, North Fitzroy.
The walk itself starts from the corner of Murray and Champ Streets, Pentridge Prison. It’s going to be easier to walk and is significant with the prison as a landmark. We will walk down Sydney Road for 13 kilometres to the first camp spot for the night, which will be on the left hand side of the road over Cooper Road near the Caltex road house. Supporters from Melbourne are encouraged to come and visit or camp on the first night.
For more information visit our Facebook page.
Media Statement - For Immediate Release
A group of grandmothers is planning to WALK over six hundred kilometres from Melbourne to Canberra in a dramatic protest against the treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The First Nations Women of Australia Ceremonial Walk for Freedom will set off on Monday - and expects to arrive in the Capital six weeks later.
We are saying to this government and it’s agents including our own people: To Set Our People Free From Bondage to an Alien Law system that is not of our own choosing..." Susan Rankin
First Nation Grandmothers To Walk 600km in Protest of Unfair Treatment
First Nations women are walking from Melbourne to Canberra starting in Melbourne, on the 1st of September. With an early morning breakfast send off starting at 7:30am at Coburg Lake Reserve..
We are walking for the health and wellbeing of our people, for our families, for future generations and for our country that gives us all life.
We want clean air, clean water and healthy land for our children and for all future generations.
Please sign the petition:
As first nations Sovereign peoples we are calling on this current government to produce all formal written documents of consent off the first nations Sovereign people to the said occupation of our homelands and water ways free of duress and any undue Influence to that said Occupation.
PETITION - Save our first nations sovereign peoples home lands and water ways.
Join us on our Faceboook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/571446969619304/?ref=4
Full media release: http://1drv.ms/1vvcsJw - follow the link for all event information, 30 min interview and all the info you need to know.