I am disturbed that Perpetual Grief is taking the toll on Aboriginal and Islander (including the Torres Strait) peoples.
This perpetual grief is cancerous and is reducing the ability for our Nations to be anywhere near confident that Aboriginal culture including the Torres Straits culture will be as intact as it should be generations into the future.
It is my belief that when we take into account that an infant Aboriginal child will have attended over 300 funerals before they reach the age of 25, and in some cases a far greater number of funerals, we cannot be prepared to accept from anyone that our young generations should be able to learn the same way other children do and can.
Yet people have the audacity to continue to say our kids are dumb and continue to tell them that they will never make it in the mainstream. Some teachers in the school system have attitudes that cause them to say “not another funeral!”, when a child has to attend their family members funerals.
It is a wonder any of us have any tears left to shed.
Our children think it is normal to have multiple funerals week after week.
People who are lucky enough to have a job cannot get released from their place of work to attend family funerals without losing pay and entitlements.
Elders continue to be denied help to get to the funerals of their families.
I want help from all Nations to stand with me and stand up for justice, family and social reinvestment.
The first step for us to take is to reconcile with each other, cut out any family feuding under the principles of Lateral Love.
Yours in Unity through Lateral Love & Spirit of Care for all humankind,
“Aboriginalisation is the only way forward for all of humanity. By placing the focus for learning fairly and squarely on the principles of caring, sharing and respect as practiced by our Elders we will bring about the necessary change to enable us to work together for the betterment of this world.” – Brian & Nicola Butler Lateral Love Australia