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January 26 Statement – #NotADateToCelebrate

January 26, 2024 Statement from CFECFW
The Centre acknowledges that 26 January is #NotADatetoCelebrate for many First Nations peoples who see this day as one of mourning, survival, and resistance.  
We stand alongside our First Nations colleagues and First Nations communities in recognising the injustices and trauma that began in 1788 and continue to this day due to the ongoing impacts of colonisation.  
This day may be particularly challenging given the outcome of the Voice to Parliament referendum in 2023. The Centre would like to thank all members, partners and staff across the continent who came together to support a Voice to Parliament.  
We will continue to listen to the voices of First Nations people and advocate for the rights of all children, embracing the Uluru Statement from the Heart and promoting its message:  
“When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.”    
This week we reflect on the impact of 26 January and the importance of promoting understanding, respect, and truth telling in all the work we do. This continent is home to the oldest continuing culture on earth, which serves as a powerful reminder of First Nations people’s connection to the lands, waters, and skies.  
Always was, always will be. 




This day may raise challenging issues and emotions. Please look out for your family and friends. Support services include:  

 13 Yarn (13 92 76)  

Brother-to-brother (1800 435 799)  

Lifeline (13 11 14)  

Kids helpline (1800 55 1800). 


Kulin nations illustration by Nakia Cadd, a Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung, Bunitj, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung woman who grew up in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. 

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