What are we fighting for? Sometimes, while swept up in the excitement of a rebellion, it’s easy to forget what really matters. Connection to each other and to Country matters – learning to better ourselves as allies matters, so we can stand in solidarity with those who have been fighting this fight since colonisation – walking with First Peoples in our duty as protectors and custodians of this amazing planet matters.
Join us on a historical cultural walk beginning in Carlton Gardens where we will learn about the history of first peoples and colonisation in Naarm (so-called Melbourne). The walk will be facilitated by settler members of Extinction Rebellion (using information provided by https://walkingmaps.com.au/walk/183) in an effort to educate ourselves and each other. It will run for approximately 1.5 hours. Please wear appropriate walking shoes, bring water (and snacks if needed) and dress for the weather. This walk is accessible by wheelchair and is mostly on flat ground. This event may not be appropriate for children under 12 as we may discuss topics of a sensitive and possibly upsetting nature. Please bring your curiosity and a willingness to learn and connect with others.
We acknowledge that this walk will take place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations, and that sovereignty was never ceded. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We also acknowledge that for First Peoples the extinguishing of life that colonialism has brought is not a looming, future threat, but a reality they’ve survived since invasion.