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Water is life and Charlette respects the ancient knowledge and the custodian of this waterhole. Before diving into the living water Charlette is advised by an elder to rub a stone under her armpits and throw into the water to give her safe passage. Wangkatjungka Community, Western Australia ©Ingetje Tadros

Water is life and Charlette respects the ancient knowledge and the custodian of this waterhole. Before diving into the living water Charlette is advised by an elder to rub a stone under her armpits and throw into the water to give her safe passage. Wangkatjungka Community, Western Australia ©Ingetje Tadros

This is My Country
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This is My Country looks at people standing on the precipice of life: disenfranchised, neglected and now threatened with displacement. Kennedy Hill Community is just one community that exists in the shadows of Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett’s commitment to close down approximately 100 – 150 Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. Aboriginal Elders and Leaders are shocked and see the closing down of communities as a threat. To them, losing their country is not just like losing a home; is losing the connection to everything that ties them to the country; community, language, kin, law, culture. Aboriginal people belong to their country just like your breath belongs to you. Country sustains Aboriginal people.

This is My Country is a confronting portrayal of an unacceptable situation. It puts forward a plea to fellow Australians to take action to remove the inequity for the First Peoples of this country and that the images remind us not to turn a blind eye to the suffering of our fellow man.

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