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    Default How do you really feel about Australia Day?

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    I'm not sure why anyone's talking about anywhere else. We are talking about Australia Day.
    Ummm...it's a forum and generally normal and accepted for the conversation to go in many different directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyflower View Post
    I'm not sure why anyone's talking about anywhere else. We are talking about Australia Day.
    Maybe you should read back. There were many comparisons made between life expectancy of indigenous Australians and indigenous Americans. And also the life of Afro Americans. Usually by posters saying aboriginals had it better (and apologies I'm paraphrasing as I'm tired).

    So yeah no idea why they even made those points as they're clearly incorrect which is what Holly was pointing out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyflower View Post
    I'm not sure why anyone's talking about anywhere else. We are talking about Australia Day.
    One word: tangent.

    BH loves a tangent. To be fair though a PP was asking questions comparing African Americans to indigenous Australians.

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    Default How do you really feel about Australia Day?

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    Ummm...it's a forum and generally normal and accepted for the conversation to go in many different directions.
    First heard for me!!

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    We love Australia Day and always spend the day playing pool and water games with the kids and after a bbq dinner we sit and watch The Castle. Same thing every year but we love it

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    I actually thought the conversation about how other countries deal with their native people was an interesting one.

    In terms of Australia Day though - I am struggling to explain to my daughter why we should celebrate how lucky we are in Australia, yet convey how sad I am that we choose this day to celebrate it.

    Our school does try hard in this respect though. They do teach a bit about aboriginal history (certainly a lot more than I learned at school) so that is a start

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    I actually thought the conversation about how other countries deal with their native people was an interesting one.

    In terms of Australia Day though - I am struggling to explain to my daughter why we should celebrate how lucky we are in Australia, yet convey how sad I am that we choose this day to celebrate it.

    Our school does try hard in this respect though. They do teach a bit about aboriginal history (certainly a lot more than I learned at school) so that is a start
    This is my struggle as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BH-KatiesMum View Post
    I actually thought the conversation about how other countries deal with their native people was an interesting one.

    In terms of Australia Day though - I am struggling to explain to my daughter why we should celebrate how lucky we are in Australia, yet convey how sad I am that we choose this day to celebrate it.

    Our school does try hard in this respect though. They do teach a bit about aboriginal history (certainly a lot more than I learned at school) so that is a start
    DS1 starts school this week and I'm curious to see what he'll learn over the next dozen or so years about Australian history as well. My knowledge of anything outside white settlement is whatever I've taken upon myself to find out and what I've learned in a couple of random units through uni. I remember learning about Dreamtime and such things but not about the way Aboriginal people have been treated, the stolen generation and such things. Which is pretty abysmal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moxy View Post
    DS1 starts school this week and I'm curious to see what he'll learn over the next dozen or so years about Australian history as well. My knowledge of anything outside white settlement is whatever I've taken upon myself to find out and what I've learned in a couple of random units through uni. I remember learning about Dreamtime and such things but not about the way Aboriginal people have been treated, the stolen generation and such things. Which is pretty abysmal.
    They (school) taught us more about Egypt and king Tut than they did about the real history of Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    Honestly, at least America had made some sort of reparations, has Black History month (no black history in our national curriculum). But some countries that have done really well to respect and value indigenous cultures are New Zealand and Canada. If we want to make comparisons, that's where I'm looking.
    If you want to make comparisons look at Native Americans, not black Americans.

    Black Americans aren't indigenous to the country.

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