Australia Day: #changethedateto27
Proposal 1) The 26th of January 2018 to become Foundation Day & Indigenous Remembrance Day, to mark both the birth of a nation and acknowledge the effects of European settlement on Indigenous Australians. 2) The 27th of January 2018 to become Australia Day, to celebrate our nation as one people, united. Reasons Australia Day on the 26th of January is bitter-sweet. It marks both the birth of a nation loved, and Indigenous sovereignty lost. I celebrate Australia Day on the 26th with both joy and a concern, realising that there are fellow Australians for whom the 26th is an annual kick in the guts. Here is one possible solution: Jan 26: Foundation Day & Indigenous Remembrance Day The 26th was originally known as Foundation Day to mark the beginning of European settlement which led to the Australia we know and love today. I propose we return to that early tradition and make the 26th Foundation Day once again. The day would also be known as Indigenous Remembrance Day to acknowledge the Traditional Owners and the harm that resulted to Indigenous Australians as a result of European settlement. It will still be a bitter-sweet day, but one that we openly acknowledge. Jan 27: Australia Day The day will begin with a Reconciliation Ceremony between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples to heal the hurt of the past. After that, we can come together to celebrate our nation as one people; all of us. And what could be more Australian than a two-day Australia Day holiday in Summer?