Survival Day Statement
26 January 2022
Women’s Health Grampians acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First Peoples and the Traditional Owners of the lands, waterways and skies where we live, work and play.
26th January is not a day of celebration for all Australians but a day that marks the invasion of Australia, which involved genocide and the dispossession of land and culture.
We stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We reflect on how the privileges and benefits we enjoy in Australia are underpinned by the suffering and ongoing injustices perpetrated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through colonial systems. We recognise and value the voices, strength and resilience of Aboriginal women of the Grampians region.
Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
Staff at Women’s Health Grampians are supported to work on 26th January, if they choose, as a way of acknowledging that this is not a day of celebration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and to support truth telling about our shared history, understanding, respect and reconciliation.
Contact: Marianne Hendron
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Health Grampians
email@example.com, 5322 4100