source: Honi Soit News
published: 23 February 2019
A group of 40 activists marched at Town Hall to memorialise Indigenous people murdered as the result of police violence.
The proceedings were intentionally silent to acknowledge the ongoing persecution of Indigenous families at the hands of a colonial-state regime and the fact that these injustices remain “systematically unheard.”
340 Indigenous deaths have occurred in custody since the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. None of the accused police officers, prison officers or health officers have been convicted.
The Indigenous names remembered included David Dungay, Rebecca Maher, Wayne Fella Morrison, Eric Whittaker, Tane Chatfield, Patrick Fisher, Nathan Reynolds, and others. Several speakers noted that these names are but only a snapshot of the violence befalling Indigenous communities.
Participants began next to St. Andrews Cathedral, moving through George Street and the interior of QVB. The families of the victims and supporting activists marched without the usual noise associated with rallying, opting instead to engage in public discourse about the injustice which the Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA) labels as “conveniently forgotten since the day of their death.”