Identity, Digital, Webdesign
City of Melbourne
Our future… presents translations in Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung languages of the statement: “Our future depends on respecting Country and Indigenous ways of being”. It employs phrases in local Aboriginal languages to consider the rich knowledge and experience of ecological management and protection held by Aboriginal people. Conversely, it highlights many settlers’ ongoing disregard of that knowledge.
For millennia, Indigenous people have cared for Country, and many argue that in order to combat the devastating ecological crisis we are now experiencing, the broader community needs to meaningfully engage with Indigenous practices of caring for Country.
However, when sited in public, the poster does not communicate its message to the majority of settler-readers in what becomes a performative manifestation of the dominant cultures’ illiteracy of First Nations expertise. It is a warning that cannot be heeded. It demonstrates the huge shift necessary to recognise the importance of Indigenous knowledge in creating a safe, just future for all.
With deep thanks to the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation, and the linguists and Elders who assisted this project.