About 150 people join Survival Day March in Maryborough
ABOUT 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people marched through the streets of Maryborough yesterday to recognise the traditional custodians of the nation and celebrate their history.
Natalie Powder organised the Survival Day March with Juanita Mason who said babies, teens, adults and elders joined together, led by the Woorabinda dancers, to clap and chant along Kent, Bazaar and Wharf Sts as a didgeridoo played.
"It was an extremely positive atmosphere," Miss Mason said.
"It was full of fun, full of laughter and when we were marching it was a proud moment."
She said the march was not a protest but an acknowledgment of the survival of the Butchulla people along with the other original custodians across the nation.
"At a lot of Australia Day celebrations, they don't have a lot of recognition of the original people of this land.
"When people have Australia Day, they don't really celebrate us; they celebrate the coming of European settlement.
"They don't really realise the effects it had on the people that were here. A lot of women and children and men got killed for those people to take over."
Miss Mason said after the march, the group had refreshments, traditional dancing, sharing of history and speeches at Queens Park.