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Invasion Day is coming

We are sure you are aware that January 26 is coming, much like a Game of Thrones Winter.

Australia at large is having many conversations about the day, what it represents and ultimately what the day means.

Here’s our pick of the online perspectives you should be across:

@sari_ella_thaiday

Your daily dose of me being political since it triggers many of you 🥰 #invasionday2021 #invasionday #australia #indigenousaustralian #2021

♬ original sound – Sari

@howdoidelete1

Bye (feat. my sister @nooneeeee2243 and my 1st cousin @michelleerlaurie ) 🖤💛❤️🏃🏽‍♀️💨 #aboriginal #aussietok #fyp#blaktok#invasionday#nativememes

♬ original sound – Steven Galloway

@nichrichie

I am so tired #australia #indigenous #aboriginal #torresstraitislander #invasiondayblackout #invasionday

♬ original sound – Nich

@aboriginalrelates

#aboriginal#indigenous#fyp#foryoupage#4foryoupage#sad#invasionday#musiclives#tiktokdiy#leavingmybody#viral#blackandproud#corroborree#australia 🖤💛❤️

♬ original sound – aboriginal relates

@official_balawolz

Message to Australia #Survivalday #Invasionday #2021 #Indigenousrights #Aboriginal #TorresStraitIslander #Foryp

♬ Arcade – Duncan Laurence ft. FLETCHER

@big_aunty_vibes

#abolishaustraliaday #fucksustraliaday #invasionday #aboriginal #alwayswasalwayswillbe

♬ January 26 (feat. Dan Sultan) – A.B. Original

 

@cassieblack_

yikes lol where’s the lie 🤷🏾‍♀️🖤💛❤️ #invasionday #Wee #ClassicCatch #aussietok #aboriginaltiktok #aboriginal #australia

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

Contrary to the attempts to homogenise our people, it is clear there are a multitude of takes on what this day means and how to mark the day as individuals and collectively.

While the marker has certainly shifted and the calls to change the date are being replaced with calls to abolish the date altogether, there is a collective need to address the preoccupation with the date by the colony.

Why is a date that has been set for less than three decades become such a symbol for nationalists? Why is this the proverbial sand hill they choose to pitch their fold up chair, get their Southern Cross tattoo out, ready their eskies, pluggers and Australiana board shorts for a day of chest thumping? Why is their determined ignorance with no foundation in truth or dignity more important than the maturity of this nation in addressing its historical and continuing wrongs?

One thing is for sure, the conversation will not dwindle and much to the chagrin of Morrison and those of his ilk, a symbolic gesture won’t cut it.

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