Sunday, 9 June 2013

An Indigenous Treaty

Image of Mr Bumpy's paw, with Australia outline map in the middle.  Text: Election countdown 97.
Hello out there in the Bloggosphere,

Sometimes it seems like Australia's only been around since the late 1700s, like our history began with the first fleet.

Actually, Australia's history goes back fifty thousand or even a hundred thousand years.

Indigenous Australians have for years been asking for a treaty, a formal recognition of how much history Australia has, and how important they are. They want an agreement that says everyone whose ancestors have been introduced here in the past couple of years will respect them, their culture, and their special relationship with the land.

It's sad that they haven't had that respect all along, but well, humans have been running things.  And you know that means humans have been ruining things.

Picture of a koala snoozing in a tree.
"We don't have any native animals in the Feline Pawty, yet, but
we do want to listen to them and hope to have a treaty within
our first term in government." - Mr Bumpy.
I know that some treaties in other places haven't necessarily gone very well, but the treaty in New Zealand between native and introduced humans seems to be very effective at helping everyone to respect everyone else. I want to learn more about that and what makes it work.

The Feline Pawty doesn't have any native animal members yet, but we do hope we will have some soon.

But whether we have native members or not, in our first term in government we want to have a formal treaty with our indigenous animals (and humans, for that matter.)

Our plan is to start by listening, and finding out exactly what our native animals and people need.  We have find out what would make them feel they had appropriate respect.  I know we can't go back in time and fix the horrible way introduced humans and animals first came here. But starting from where we are, we plan to find a way to live together with everyone showing everyone treating everyone else well.

Those of us who were introduced, should be proud of those who were here to care for our nation for all these thousands of years. And when we talk about Australian history, we need to remember the history of koalas, kangaroos, emus and bilbies and all the rest, not just the cats, dogs, cattle, sheep and pigs.

Until next time we meet in the Bloggosphere,
I remain,
Image Mr Bumpy's paw, with his name written across it.

Mr Bumpy,
Supreme Feline Overlord,
Feline Pawty Prime Minispurrial Candidate.

1 comment:

  1. And true history of each local specie in every country will be taught in every local school. Loupi, Feline Pawty candidate for Lingiari


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