Statement on Djab Wurrung Trees

By 27/10/2020November 9th, 2020Uncategorised

Women’s Health Grampians expresses great dismay and disappointment over the destruction of significant trees on Djab Wurrung land in recent days, and the treatment of those who have sought to preserve this important cultural heritage.

WHG recognises the fundamental significance of cultural traditions, beliefs and connection to country for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. As a women’s health service, we absolutely and firmly recognise the significance of birthing on country and the importance of healthcare for women and children that is culturally appropriate, accessible, integrated and sustainable and responsible to the cultural norms and values of Aboriginal women and babies.

This commitment and recognition cannot be seen as anything but intrinsic to the stance that the Djab Wurrung Embassy has taken over the past two and a half years. We recognise the significance of the birthing trees and of the impact of colonization on the country and the people that own and love it and have been here for thousands of years before us.

 

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