Thanks to Perry Bulwer for directing my attention to this series of articles, and although reading through them made me vomit (quite literally), the messages within them aren’t just ‘tall tales’ of the crimes of christendom and governments against Aboriginal peoples in Canada; they’re the harsh, very raw, simple facts.
Australia holds it’s own shame, that of The Stolen Generations (click the link to read the full fact sheet).
The traditional Aboriginal peoples of Australia and Torres Straight Island have fared no better than those of other continents; it’s just that their stories, to date, have rarely been told and when they have, it’s generally been to minimal audiences soon drowned out by a media that couldn’t care less, generally focused on half-truths and commercialism.
Although the ‘real’ Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd (because I refuse to acknowledge the cowardly traitor who stabbed him in the back and stole his job), did at least attempt some form of reconciliation, a simple ‘Sorry Day’ really fixes nothing.
I’ve never doubted that Kevin Rudd’s heart and intentions were in the right place; the methodology was just incomplete and lacking real, effectual, substance. Still, I applaud him for publicly acknowledging what no other gutless political wonder ever dared publicly acknowledge before; the stolen generations and the continued plight of Australian and Torres Straight Islander Aboriginal people.
It’s heartening to see that Idle No More has now hit Australia. May it be as powerful as an earthquake, as unstoppable as a tsunami, and as implacable in restoring balance as their tormentors were in destroying it.
Let’s see how long it takes for the Hallelujah Brigades and their ‘lovers’ – politicians and their untrustworthy parties – to ‘be seen to be on the right side of the fence’, mouthing typically artificial platitudes, empty promises and attempts at ‘doing deals’ to protect their vested interests.