Ever since 1788 our people have been resisting an ongoing effort to remove, kill and assimilate our people. In 2017 this still remains true.
Okay I admit the headline of this article is gammon. Can we really write a guide to becoming an Indigenous resistance warrior? Can we transcribe our feelings and the passion in our hearts into an 8 step guide?
The main topic of this guide has a lot to do with health. It is really sad to see our resistance warriors come and go well before their time. Look at Albert Namtjira & Eddie Mabo who both died in their mid 50’s, what would our world look like today if they lived until 80 years old? Let’s look at how we can become healthier and live longer while still standing up against an oppressive system.
1. Drink more water: The very first steps in this guide are about getting our health in order. As we grow older, we gain more respect and build a reputation for ourselves. But this all goes to waste if we’re dead before the age of 50. Our first step is to drink more water. We all know water is life. Water cleanses our body from the inside. Kidney disease is a major killer of our people and drinking water can dramatically decrease the chance of this painful disease. Get yourself a nice 1L bottle and try to finish it 2 times a day. Buy an actual bottle, they reckon drinking out of a plastic coke or water bottle again and again is bad for you. Try not to make your water cold either. Room temperature or warm water is the best.
2. Quit smoking or smoke less: Smoking is a major contributor to heart and lung disease. We all know its not good, but we all know someone who smokes. Smoking might help ease our stress but it puts our body under more stress. Try to find a healthy way to ease your stress. Hit the gym, go swim, put on some beats or get a good nights sleep. If you can’t quit right now, try to cut down on the number of smokes you have each day.
3. Eat healthy: I don’t need to write a list of healthy and non healthy food. We all know what junk food is but so many of us eat it almost every day. Knowing how to cook up a mean healthy feed could help make a seriously good impression on your future in-laws. We also found out last month that Macadamia nuts which are Indigenous to Australia can help break down cholesterol in our blood.
4. Get active in your community: We’ve all heard the messages about getting active and exercising. If joining a sporting team isn’t for you, then why not volunteer at sporting or community events. Physical activity creates so many benefits from physical health to mental health.
5. Know your stuff: Read up on history and learn about the truth that is often ignored in this country. Know what is going on at the moment in regards to our people. It seems we are always under attack from a new government plan designed to break down our culture and communities even more. Thankfully we have some great people keeping us all up to date through social media. Be sure to follow Blackfulla Revolution, The Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance – WAR, The Aboriginal Tent Embassy and Welcome to Country for the latest news and updates.
6. Talk about issues: Talking about issues is one of the most important points on this list. Speaking about issues often keeps our thoughts about issues front and centre. Having tough conversations often leads to solutions. Speaking about these issues regularly helps us become more direct and refined when speaking in public or to the media.
This point links together with knowing your stuff. We are often confronted with illogical arguments that are brought up by angry white people. Knowing how to shut them down with a single line of truth feels really empowering.
7. Go to protests: There is a huge percentage of our people who are not active or sitting on the fence when it comes to standing up for Indigenous rights. In recent years this has started to change with a resurgence in the numbers of people heading to Indigenous rights protests. It is hard to be taken seriously by others when only a few people turn up to a protest. We need strength in numbers. If you’re Aboriginal and you think that Indigenous rights issues don’t affect you, we would remind you that Ms Dhu died for having unpaid fines… Mistreatment and most likely racist attitudes resulted in the death of an unborn Aboriginal baby in Central Queensland.
8. Share this guide: We live in a huge land, it is so hard to get a message out to all of our people. The Australian government and the media has no interest in helping us to connect and share messages of empowerment. It is up to each and every one of us to become active in working towards a better future for our people while defending our rights as Indigenous people and protecting our people. You can start now by sharing this guide.
Is there anything else you would like added to this list? Are there some important health tips or experiences yo would like to share? Let us know in thew comments below.