A Yes Vote For Aboriginal Recognition In Parliament Is A Form Of Thanksgiving

Aboriginal Indigenous People

At this time of year in many countries of the New World, especially in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, people come together in thanksgiving for all the bounty the New World has provided them, in the past year and all the decades and centuries before, for their health, welfare and well-being. A special thanks and voice of love and respect is often accorded the original aboriginal peoples of their lands for the thousands of years, 60,000 years in the case of Australia’s aboriginal peoples, spent in carefully caring, protecting and preserving their natural environments and all livings forms of life they have sought to care for and protect.

Consequently, every new country of non-aboriginal immigrants in the New World, Canada and Australia in particular, make a concerted effort in all their official communiques to its citizenry and outside world to utter in all its formal documents and informal gatherings of its peoples to say something to the effect, as Australia does in its Acknowledgement of Country:

We new immigrant peoples of these lands recognize aboriginal people’s connections to land, water and community between all human and non-human life. Therefore, we pay our respect to them and their ancient cultures and especially the traditional wisdoms of their Elders, past and present.

This is all, pure and simple, what, up until now, has occurred in the contentious, angrily debated, Voice to Parliament Referendum Yes or No Vote that will happen on October 14th in Australia. The Yest Vote will formally imbed, within its constitution, the acknowledgement of the some 60,000 years of wisdom of its aboriginal peoples who, finally, after so many decades and, by now, centuries of abuse and ridicule, deserve a special platform with Australian society to offer to it and the rest of the world those traditional wisdoms upon which the continued survival of Australia and the rest of the world now so desperately needs for their and our continued survival; caught up, as we now all are, in the midst of so much death and destruction to all of human and non-human life and Planet Earth itself.

The Yes Vote is much more than just electing the occasional, odd aboriginal politician to Australia’s parliament, who may not even be a traditional aboriginal, able to speak on behalf of the traditional aboriginal leaders of Australia, or to the 60,000 years of their mastering of the Australian continent’s always hard, demanding, unforgiving, natural environment and its complex natural world that demands now a voice that can speak intelligently and coherently to those lessons of the past 60,000 years.


Jerome Irwin is a Canadian-American writer who, in previous lives, has been involved in a wide range of diverse and varied worlds, including the Criminology profession with an American police department, and later for a brief-time in the capacity of clandestine communications with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. For decades, in various other professional capacities as an educator, researcher, geo-political analyst, and writer. Irwin has sought to call attention to a broad spectrum of world problems pertaining to the degradation and unsustainability caused by a host of environmental-ecological-spiritual-ideological issues that exist between the conflicting world philosophies of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

Irwin is the author of the book, “The Wild Gentle Ones; A Turtle Island Odyssey” (www.turtle-island-odyssey.com), a spiritual odyssey among the native peoples of North America that over the decades has produced numerous articles pertaining to: Ireland’s Fenian Movement; native peoples Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Movement; AIPAC, Israel & the U.S. Congress anti-BDS Movement; the historic Battle for Palestine & Siege of Gaza, as well as; the many violations constantly being waged by industrial-corporate-military-propaganda interests against the World’s Collective Soul. To examine a portion of the eclectic body of his work goggle: “Jerome Irwin, writer” The author and his wife are long-time residents on the North Shore of British Columbia.

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