Statement Against Racism
Wednesday 29 June 2022, 2pm
Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation's Board and staff are deeply saddened frustrated and hurt by the blatant racist attack with offensive graffiti on the Welcome to Wotjobaluk Country sign at the intersection of Sea Lake/Robinvale Calder Highway.
The Welcome to Country signage was a partnership with the Department of Transport and Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC) in recognition of Wotjobaluk Country and its significance for the Traditional Owners of the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk peoples. This sign was one of many signs placed throughout our Country.
The racist graffiti was discovered by a Traditional Owner. The words were deliberately used as a call to action for violence against Aboriginal people. It causes damage and revisits past traumas that continue to affect the well-being of our people today.
The offensive term incites violence to commit hate crimes. *
"Racism has no place on Wotjobaluk Country. It's heart-breaking to see these disgusting words on our signage, and we don't stand for it!" commented Dylan Clarke, BGLC Chair.
With the nation celebrating NAIDOC week from July 3, this faceless and cowardly attack on First Nations People will sadden many and reminds us that racism still exists in 2022 and is not welcome, and should be called out when you hear, see it, or experience it.
BGLC calls on Buloke Shire Council and all LGA’s on Wotjobaluk Country to act immediately to stamp out racism, and seek more significant support to protect our Elders and community from further abuse and attacks in the future.
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