Survival Day

One of the most moving photographic experiences I have had was in 2010 when I was asked to photograph a small group of Indigenous Australians, who I had got to know over the previous year, on what Aboriginal Australians refer to as Survival Day (Australia Day to white fellas like me).  

We met at MAYSAR (Melbourne Aboriginal Youth, Sport and Recreation Co-operative Ltd) in Gertrude St Fitzroy, where gum leaves were burned, and then walked to Parliament House.  There the group stood sombrely on the steps holding a banner that read simply, "Treaty.  Let's get it right."  They soon delivered a declaration, entitled "Treaty Now" by slipping it under the front door of Parliament House.  A sprig from a gum tree followed.