To: State and Commonwealth Governments
Make a Custodians Celebration Public Holiday
This petition requests that state and federal governments establish a national public holiday to celebrate the original custodians of this land in recognition of the thousands of years of custodianship of this land called now called Australia.
Why is this important?
The current Australia Day public holiday celebrates a nation from the point of white settlement. It does not take into account the sovereign nations that lived here since the time immemorial. Australia is one of very countries that has a national public holiday to honour and pay respect the First Nations Peoples and cultures. It's time this changed.
We can't change the past but we can change the future. Let's join together to create change so that we can all celebrate the ongoing custodianship role in caring for this country.
We have a number of state and national public holidays to celebrate and/or commemorate religious traditions, British ties to the Monarchy, servicemen, pastoralist and sporting events. Arguably, Australia Day is meant to unite all Australians it is well recognised that this is not a day that is celebrated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Let's demonstrate our appreciation and privilege of having the longest living culture in the world.
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