Fireworks ascending and bursting at the Australia Day celebrations in Darling Harbour, Sydney a few years ago.

26 January. It’s a day that is supposed to celebrate modern Australia — a vibrant multicultural country that has become what it is today from the arrival of the First Fleet in Botany Bay. But it is also a day of mourning for many Indigenous Australians whose experience of dispossession and oppression can be traced back to the arrival of those ships.

Some have called it Invasion Day. Others have urged to change the date. I just want one day when we can all celebrate each other.

Whether our families have been in this country 60,000 years or arrived yesterday, I long for a time when we can look past our differences and commit to a shared future with hope and optimism.

via the Daily Post Photo Challenge: Ascend

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