Reconciliation Week

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    melbourneswest

    Published on Apr 02, 2021
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    I have to admit, I've held off uploading this video as I wasn't sure if it would be widely accepted or even capture anyone's attention. Not because it's bad but let's face it, Hive is a totally different space than real world. People are more accepting here, you can get into a spat with someone and then move on. Kind of like what real life should be like.

    Most of us here are trying to make change in our own way, one of the reasons why decentralised finance has taken hold globally.

    But I was still worried about this video, for me it's a very proud moment and one that showed great strength from my wife.

    A quick run down, we are Indigenous Australians and yes we have other ethnicities within but none of that changes our life experiences as it is our Indigenous heritage that draws many to some really odd conclusions.

    A brief snapshot of Australian history, we are the first generation to live. My wife sums it up quite nicely in the video. Previouse generations were still being removed from land and placed into orphanages under the care of the state and experience significant trauma.

    A recently royal commission within the past few years showcased how bad this was with wide spread emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

    For us, regardless of being mixed blood or not we have felt the racism and exclusion. We have fought it for our entire lives, even so we have been able to rise above it and gain some privilege.

    My wife was recently asked to provide a speech in the form of a video for a group to be screened on the importance of Reconciliation with traditional owners.

    It took 2 days and hundreds of takes to film and each time she broke down. Now, I'm a pretty gruelling bloke in regards to speeches and videos. I believe in one take no edits. I have done this with members of parliament and other notables. I don't want the appearance of editing something to tell a different story. It also show cases ones skill. A person who can make a video without edits talks from the heart and not have to chop and change and leave things out.

    It's about openness and transparency and being you.

    After 2 days, my wife decided to use the raw video with the hurt in it, I agreed it was powerful. Although we had a few more that were more tears and I thought she should have used that, but she didnt and that's OK. It's her decision as she is the elected official. I'm just the support person.

    Let me know what you feel and think of the video. I know for many of you, it will be confusing on a few notes the fact things are occurring have occurring and others not so empathetic, I understand that. But I wouldn't mind know your thoughts purely on the video.

    How it left you feeling, what you thought etc.

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