Our Great Grandfather Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls turns 112 today. Google collaborated with our family to create this image of him. This picture will be on its search engine for the next 24 hours. Love the gum leaves and football featured. A beautiful tribute to our family 🖤💛❤️
So proud and stoked to Walk Together with Uncle Boydie and other descendants of William Cooper tonight to honour Cooper leading the only known protest against Kristallnacht 80 years ago. Amidst ongoing massacres, violence and oppression here Cooper and the Australian Aboriginal League stood up for Jews on the other side of the world. We must remember. And now it’s our turn to stand up and say End Deaths in Custody, End Forced Removals, and TREATY NOW! #treatynow#williamcooper#yortayorta#1938#jewish#reconciliation
Commemorating an extraordinary event. Exactly 80 years ago, after Kristallnacht in Germany (the horrific event which paved the way for the Holocaust), Aboriginal elder William Cooper, of the Yorta Yorta people, marched from his home in Footscray to the German embassy in Melbourne to deliver a letter of protest. One oppressed people supporting another. Pictured, the traditional welcome to country. #williamcooper#aboriginal#jewish#melbourne#ww2#history#aborigine#yortayorta#footscray
Today I got some lovely news that I was shortlisted and highly commended for the Sydney University Power Publications Prize for Indigenous Art Writing. I’ve been taught in my family the Power of the Pen, and today I want to acknowledge my great great Grandfather Thomas Shadrach James, teacher, healer and activist for empowering my family and many other Koorie people with the art of writing. Today is a very special day, the 80th Anniversary of the Australian Aborigines League deputation led by Uncle William Cooper in protest of the Nazi Government and treatment of the Jewish people. He wrote the letter to the German government calling for them to stop their cruel treatment of the Jewish People. The worlds only recorded protest at the time came from our people. It is through writing and activism through the ‘spear of the pen’ that we will continue to build our people and shift to an Indigenous paradigm- non-colonial spaces of strength and Sovereign futures. There in spirit today for the William Cooper Walk into the city, honouring this act of brave solidarity. ✊🏾 #indigenousparadigms#yortayorta#powerofthepen @samigirlgang 👕
Love you uncle Robbie 🙏🏽🔥 I appreciate all your ongoing support and persistence in my aspirations for music, you give me influence , the influence turns into an idea , the idea turns into a plan , and i tell you uncle the plans moving , hope I make you proud 🔥🔥🔥🙏🏽💕#aboriginal#kooripride#yortayorta#uncle
It’s been a while since I played guitar in a band but I’m very grateful to have been asked to play with my dear friend @allarabriggspattison at @frlfestival this Saturday. Allara is an experienced musician and accomplished bass player. Now an emerging songwriter and composer, her self-released debut single “Wala Is Life” is available through Spotify, iTunes etc now.
Come down to the Driveway Stage at 4:55pm this Saturday at @frlfestival to see Allara Briggs Paterson with full band performing a great set of rich, meditative bass-led compositions from the heart of this beautiful musician.
Only one track into beautiful flooded Barmah NP w @mikey.goodfellow @honeyant with pretty much no one else around (always a couple of fishos). This is #yortayorta land and the largest redgum forest in the world. It was finally made a national park only 8 years ago after over a century of logging, effects of damming, irrigation and poor farming practices etc. Although beautiful and slowly regenerating, the scars are still evident. There are many forest and river ecologies though still under threat and logging of known significant habitat still goes on in Vic but none of the major parties seem to give a shit in my opinion. Lets support those who will stand up for the land that supports us and all our futures when we vote this weekend eh! #healthyrivers#yortayorta#barmahnationalpark#murrayriver
Nothing beats a good ol’fashioned wheelchair train 🚂 🤗🙌💪
Huge thanks to @basketball_vic for loaning us these wheelchairs to make our community visit to Shepparton, VIC possible! ❤️
@idpwd_org @ausparalympics @outbackacademy
Reg Murray’s daughters reunited on Yorta Yorta Country. 💖💖 I’m so proud of my younger sister! She is such an intelligent determined fit & strong Aboriginal women. She works hard for her people and for her professional sport of road cycling. Follow her if your not already 😉 @mmurra25