20 May, 2022

Second Raising Peace event

by IVP Australia

In April this year, IVP Australia held our second event under the banner of Raising Peace.  Held on-line over three days, the first day was dedicated to First Nations people, the custodians of this land for at least 40,000 years.

"Peace and alternative to war" banner

→The first speaker, Aunty Rhonda Dixon, spoke of the tragedy of colonisation: displacement, stolen children, incarceration, attempts at assimilation, and consequent loss of culture and language.

→The second speaker, Professor Henry Reynolds, spoke of the frontier wars that continued into the 20th Century and are still not recognised in the official history of Australia.  A map of massacres of First Nations people, prepared by the University of Queensland, was then presented.

→The third speaker, Emelda Davis, is a descendent of blackbirding, which was a system of slavery, where Pacific Islanders were stolen and brought to Australia to work in the sugar cane industry, another fact that is not acknowledged in Australia’s official history.

These are powerful stories for anyone interested in the truth about the colonisation of Australia.

The recordings can be found here: https://raisingpeace.org.au/2022-anzac-weekend-recordings/.

The recordings of the following two days can be found at the same link and have the topics for Day 2: Alternatives to Australia’s Security Narrative, and Day 3: Exploring Ways Forward for Peace and Security.

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