Daily Archives: January 29, 2015

Invasion Day Cupcakes

Brisbane Solidarity Network [BSN]'s photo.
Brisbane Solidarity Network [BSN]'s photo.
Brisbane Solidarity Network [BSN]'s photo.
Brisbane Solidarity Network [BSN]'s photo.
 

On 26th January 2015 a group of non-First Nations people attempted to show people celebrating Australia Day the reality of what they’re doing: celebrating the ongoing genocide of First Nations people. We went dressed in Australian flag paraphernalia, and gave out free cupcakes to Australia Day revellers in Brisbane.
The cupcakes were white on the outside (white liners, white icing), and red in the centre, there was a small paper Australian flag on top, with red syrup drizzled around it. There was a small piece of paper with “Genocide: it Tastes Better Whitewashed” written on it.
We invited people to confront what they are doing when they “bite into” Australia Day. A day that represents the beginning of genocide of First Nations people in so-called Australia, a day that celebrates the destruction of land, stories, traditions, languages, songs, ways of being, that have existed for tens of thousands of years. This is what the 26th January is, it is nothing else. No pride in genocide.

Brisbane Solidarity Network [BSN] added 4 new photos to the album: invasion day cupcakes.

Do people rise up?

Over the past four years, the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation have literally built a strategy to keep three proposed oil and gas pipelines from crossing their land. Concerned about the environmental damage a leak could cause on land they’ve never given up, they’ve constructed a protection camp to block pipeline companies. As opposition to the development of Alberta’s tar sands and to fracking projects grows across Canada, with First Nations communities on the front lines, the Unist’ot’en camp is an example of resistance that everyone is watching …