Last week, at Alice Springs markets, I made a step and spoke to Warren Snowdon, the politician in charge of Aboriginal Health for many decades. I approached him with some constructive suggestions and raise some of the following points… but he was more interested looking at the other people passing by to greet them and shake hands.
- I cannot find healthy food in the local shops in remote communities!
These shops are to order to a Central that has only a limited list of products – those that ‘sell’ they would say. This means, shops have a wall full of soft drinks (often with no price label), biscuits (wheat based only), lollies (the cheap ones full of sugar that actually there are twice if not three times the price that we would pay in cities). So many people here suffer from lots of ‘new’ diseases f.ex. diabetes.
There are no local products, no gluten free, sugar free products either – the closest to local food that we can find are some frozen kangaroo tails!
- Warren Snowdon said “They can go hunting and gathering!”
Sadly, since Europeans settlement, new/imported animals have taken over the original nature bush food. Cattle, wild camels, wild horses, wild donkeys only to name a few! Bush tucker disappears!
Aboriginal Australians have to go further and further to find something to collect or to kill.
People in remote often have no car or have several broken ones – because those cars are driven on dirt tracks and get badly damaged. They may have no money for the petrol – which is much more expensive in remote communities on top of that! And whenever they have the opportunity to go hunting and gathering – they go and always have a great time! That’s what life is about!
Anyway, look at yourself wherever you are living… you go to your local supermarket/shop and purchase what is available instead that going the hard way and going hunting for your steak or fish for a good feed. Have you ever had little money and gone hunting/fishing and gathering in your life to sustain your hunger?
- Ignorance is evil
I met many ‘new’ Australians, they might be from several generations born in this country, but only a few have any idea of what is happening to the ‘first’ Australians. Most have no idea of the intrinsic culture and therefore no comprehension of the damage done.
Wake up. There are no excuses.
We are all living in a country that was looked after by custodians. What have we done to it?
- Next time you go shopping.
Think of those who don’t.
We are in a modern country – remote communities is another world.
We need to think THEIR ways or BOTH ways.
Each one of us is responsible and can do one step towards learning how to bridge this gap. Stop thinking ‘white’ – instead look at life with other eyes and becoming more real and genuine like they are. I met some amazing and the kindest people ever in the Australian Red Centre. I wish you would too.
Feng Shui Master, Author, pursuing research on Ancient Wisdom and adapting it towards healthy and happy lives today.