Every morning at our FSSI Team check in meetings, one of the Team gives an Acknowledgement of Country. We would like to share with you an Acknowledgement given by FSSI Coordinator Lee Newnham recently…
My husband was using a quote last night – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” – from A Tale of Two Cities.
One would have said before the pandemic that we were living in “the best of times”. Suddenly, we are in a pandemic. It has become a fearful time, an uncertain time, for many, “the worst of times”.
The theme of Dickens book was the belief in resurrection and transformation on both a personal and societal level. I am hoping that there may be a chance that there will be transformations that come out of this time and indeed we have seen some good things happening around us.
The #blacklivesmatter movement at this time has put the Indigenous situation back on the map in a way that has certainly moved me and others. As our lives have slowed down due to the pandemic, we are looking at the world in a different way. Some, who perhaps have not had the time, the space, the need or the want to actually take in the reality of how our Aboriginal brothers and sisters have been treated in the past, and are being treated in the present, are seeing things they have not recognized before or are making the effort to find out more about our true history. It could be that we have the opportunity to truly live in “the best of times” in the future.
We acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation and the other various indigenous groups on whose unceded lands FSSI conduct their business. We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.