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Elders Visions

Yorro Yorro – Everything standing Up … Alive !  “The elders must have a Vision … so the children can dream” ….. David Mowaljarlai

Mowaljarlais Vision included to bring the Wandjina spirit to Sydney for the Olympic Games, to share it with the World …. Wandjina emerged in the opening ceremony as sacred ground was re-created through song and dance, and Cathy Freeman ignited the ancient flame in our hearts. KimberleyCommunity

The Ngarinyin, Wandjina people of the Kimberley, have a particular vision for themselves and Australia. Reflecting their philosophy, they see their future as a co-cultural one; a relationship between white Australia culture and Ngarinyin culture where the two Laws walk side by side in a relationship of cooperation, sharing and mutual benefit. A synergy of interactivity between the two cultures.

Ngarinyin, Wandjina people of the Kimberley

Australia will become a model for other global communities … I see Australians coming together from all walks of life, especially indigenous and non-indigenous Australia, for a better tomorrow

“We need to lock into one-another’s point of view” (one-another’s vision)

Mr Mandawuy Yunupingu, lead singer, Yothu Yindi & chair of Yothu Yindi Foundation

By 2050 Australia will be a civil society. Social capital – voluntary association, trust and social equity – will be seen as more important to our future than economic capital. Australia will also be a more inclusive society than it is at present. There will be a high level of community engagement in decision-making processes, particularly at the local level, with all inputs being given due consideration. This will invariably lead to better outcomes. As a consequence, Australians will have a higher level of trust amongst themselves and with their decision-making institutions than at any time in the past.   Australian Conservation Foundation

A united Australia which respects this land of ours; values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander heritage; and provides justice and equality for all.

Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation

I have a vision for a healthier ancient land than a worn out and parched land that we currently see. For real healing to come to this land through the care that the original owners took of the land. To deal with the shedding of the innocent blood that saw white Europeans take this land by force by supremacy of their fire power and philosophies. This mished-mashed philosophy has led to a denial of the real history of this land.

Judi di Monticone Author of Healing the Land

 A place where innovation is an artform, ecological sustainability a way of life, where we set visions recognising you can only hit a target you can see and adventure and endeavour are the fabric of living. A place where we nurture global icons and tall poppies are only flowers. 

Vic Cherikoff

A fun and sacred place, where people and all beings recognize and respect integrity – and our nature – and freely express their unique identity and creativity with passion, power and love, while honouring the sovereignty of others.

Richard T. O’Neill

“I Have A Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr

Part of a speech delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. Source: Martin Luther King, Jr: The Peaceful Warrior, Pocket Books, NY 1968

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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