Buddy Franklin has shared an emotional Instagram post that explains what Australia Day means to him.
Buddy posted a photo of his niece Aurora alongside the words of his sister, saying the post “reflects how me, my family and my many Indigenous brothers and sisters feel about this day”.
“On this Day my thoughts will be with my Pop/Jaru Nan/Noongar who were born into a world that considered them flora and fauna,” the post says.
“My Pop was stolen from the back of a ute and brought to a mission at the tender age of 4. (take a moment to digest that).
“My thoughts are with my Mum and her brothers and sisters that were sent to the back of the classroom because they are Aboriginal and not given the right to a fair education.
“To my beautiful older sisters and little brother that would often come home in tears because we were called “Boongs”, “Coons” ect.
“The pain is real and the pain is still raw for Aboriginal people.
“Please be kind with your words and please be kind in your actions.
“Thank you to all the amazing friends we have all around the world your cultures, beliefs and kind hearts enrich my life and my children’s lives. PEACE ✌🏼”
The post, which comes amid widespread protests aimed at either moving or abolishing Australia Day, has over 9,000 likes and 300 comments.