Wesley Enoch, Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company, and always a wise voice from the Aboriginal community, wrote this about the significance of what we have chosen to commemorate today. I found it both insightful and moving, and (with his permission) wanted to share it:
There is something in our awkwardness with history that makes us think differently. There’s something in our lack of confidence that makes us modest and caring. There’s something in our geographic isolation that makes us build firm lasting relationships.
On a day like today I am reminded that we should be the best at difference, modesty, caring and relationships. But sometimes we are overtaken by our awkwardness, lack of confidence and isolation and we do terrible things to ourselves and others.
If I am to mark this day in any way at all, it will be to remember to be the best we can be as a country and not be overtaken by our fears, the hyperbole or the pressure to conform.