Updated: Feb 13
January 26th saw an amazing turning point for BIEPA. All over Australia new understanding is dawning, new commitment to listening and partnership. In an event which is sure to grow in coming years on Bribie Island more than 200 members of our community marked the moment. To heal the wounds from unspeakable acts of violence and colonial oppression, we must all become better listeners.
BIEPA was privileged to be a partner with Pumicestone Indigenous Education and Employment Council (PIEEC) and the Bribie Community Kindergarten, which has been working in this space with its families for more than a generation. Our members supported the event in droves, listening to our Aboriginal elders share with us the value and purpose of true reconciliation, and the necessity to acknowledge the real history of our country.
Why is this important for us?
BIEPA can only address its vital and growing agenda of environmental protection tasks successfully with a core recognition of the central importance of Aboriginal presence on this country. Our willingness to listen to established knowledge will inform our processes, and enable us all to share in the cultural richness of this unique place.
In this crucial year the BIEPA Management Committee supports the establishment of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Let's make the change together, and improve the future!