This Reconciliation Week is different

It has been seven months since the horrendous, painful and racist Voice Referendum on 14th October 2023 and Blakfullas have arrived wounded, but not defeated, at the first Reconciliation week since.

Written by Sissy Austin (Gunditjmara, Keeray Wurrung and Djab Wurrung)

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7 days post-referendum personal reflection

Moments in time stood frozen on Referendum Day in the Clothing The Gaps (CTG) warehouse where I was surrounded by people who left nothing in the ‘Yes’ campaign tank. We all still held onto hope despite the polls that said “we needed a miracle” and it even crossed my mind that if we won, there was going to be an impromptu party at CTG! 

Just over an hour into the vote count, I heard someone say “it's over” with tears rolling down their face. The night was a blur but, I will never forget this moment, how it felt and the looks of devastation on people’s face - it was a landslide 'No' victory.

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Read the Comments: Top Tips for keeping social media safe for Mob

We caught up with Felicity Cull, the Head of Digital Content at the strategic communications agency Pesel & Carr to get some advice because we had experienced an massive increase of bots and racism on CTG social media in the lead up to the Referendum. It had gotten so bad, that we felt like we were losing control our own pages!

Felicity's tips helped us so much we just had to share them with you all - because at the end of the day Blak people should be able to read the comments! By taking action we can work together to create safer online spaces Mob.

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What happened when I went door knocking for 'Yes'

I left my ‘bubble’ to talk to people about the voice – it was better than I could have imagined. By Laura Thompson (Gunditjmara)

I thought doorknocking would mean butting heads with people who shared different values. But people approached the topic with curiosity and respect.

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