Aboriginal people need to come together for future generations

Originally posted on The Guardian on Thursday 14 January 2016 15.36 AEDT.

For our culture to be competitive, our support has to start with our own people, writes @IndigenousX host, Richie Allen.

I am a proud Aboriginal man of the Kamilaroi/Ngunnawal nations.

I believe that all Aboriginal countries need to unite to allow our future generations to fulfil their duties and carry on the legacies that our people hold.

In generations to come, our people will be as strong as other cultures and compete in a worldwide market. Our culture now has doctors, lawyers, teachers, business owners, developers and many more professions, as well as worldwide sports stars.

But for our culture to be competitive, our support has to start with our own people and show the world that “we stand united”. The more we stand united and support each other, the more power we will create.

Imagine if our population decided to reach out to our own, what message would this send not only to this country but to the world? It would definitely send a message to this nation’s leaders and top businesses that we are bringing our own up to world standards.

The first step towards making something like this happen is to buy Aboriginal products, support Aboriginal businesses and support our people to get ahead.

We want to compete on the world stage but to get there, we must first come together and show the world that we stand united.


“Our stories, our way” – each week, a new guest hosts the @IndigenousX Twitter account to discuss topics of interest to them as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Produced with assistance of Guardian Australia staff.

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