STEPS TO RECONCILIATION

Another reason to feel pride this Australia Day.

The world’s most popular website ‘Google’ has acknowledged the stolen generation with powerful reminder of how we should remember January 26th.

The search engine has used a compelling image of a weeping mother, ‘Stolen Dreamtime’ as its ‘Google Doodle’

Full marks Google Australia!

The painting is by sixteen-year-old Canberra student Ineka Voigt.

Her depiction of a weeping mother impressed judges and the work was chosen from 26,000 entries to be the ‘Google Doodle’ image for today.

“I thought to myself, if I could go back in time I’d want to change what happened with the stolen generation. Being more realistic I can’t change it, but instead I wanted to send a message of reconciliation,” she told Canberra Times.

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Australia Day Google Doodle artist Ineka Voigt. Photo: courtesy canberratimes.com.au Jamila Toderas.

I feel there’s an opportunity to really change our attitude towards this day.

Of course we should still have the BBQs and celebrate everything beautiful about living in our country but there’s room for acknowledgment.

Bangarra choreographer Frances Rings told me, “We obviously will not stand for the treatment Adam Goodes has been subjected to.”

And nor should they.

Let’s change the conversation.

Happy Australia Day folks.

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