I painted pictures for people to use last night for today. The Flying Foam Massacre Memorial Day at King Bay.
A quote from a friend;
"There is a Gathering of people at Kings Bay Western Australia on Sunday 21/2/2016 to Commemorate a campaign of Genocide on the Yabuara people of the Pilbara region in Western Australia.. On this Day in 1868 English colonists began three months of systemic massacre against the Yaburara people of what we know today as the Burrup or Dampier Island. We pay our respects to past peoples of the Burrup, ancient peoples who left their message for future generations in some one million rock art paleolithic, the oldest and largest group known to ever exist on earth.
We pay our respects to the many generations who over millennia assumed guardianship of what many regard as the Australian original peoples Rosetta Stone.
We Stand in honour of the peaceful unarmed and non-combative Yaburara people whose hand of friendship extended to the newly arrived colonists was grabbed with greed as colonists sought not merely the hand of friendship proffered nor contentment with the arm but a greed driven desire to take the life out of the whole body of all of the Yaburara people. Today we Stand in honour of the Yaburara who were Massacred in the three month evil known today as the Flying Foam Massacre.
It is because of this massacre that Colonial Australian Courts recently disallowed a Native Title Claim, in effect rewarding the colonial society whose rights descend from the Flying Foam Massacre .We honour those slain.
We Stand in solidarity with the the Ngarda Ngarli Aboriginal people of the West Pilbara with Senior lawman and spokesman Wilfred Hicks and Tim Douglas by whose consent this Event takes place. We also acknowledge and act with the consent of tribal elder Audrey Cosmos .
Idle No More Solidarity Sydney , The Indigenous Social Justice Association and Occupy Sydney join with Global Stand up for the Burrup, supporters and friends in calling for UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LISTING of the Entirety of The Burrup Rock Art and its surrounding area.
Recently the West Australian Government gazetted 44% of the Burrup as a National Park Conservation zone. This is the first response since requests petitions protests and negotiations for such conservation began in 1965 in response to acts of industrial destruction and wanton desecration. It is a small step in the right direction and for the first time gives UNESCO the scope to consider Heritage listing under its Charter.
We call for the West Australian Government to extend all declared National Park to all of the Dampier Archipelago. To conserve 44% is the equivalent of Egypt preserving one pyramid knocking a second down to develop a high rise building and allowing the third to be converted to an hotel. It couldn't happen in Egypt and it shouldn't happen to the oldest and largest paleolithic collection in the world. The fact that parts of The Burrup have already been destroyed to serve the short term profit interests of mining and gas extractors from far away makes the prospect even more abhorrent.
Today we join with our Brothers and Sisters in grief and remembrance and demand UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LISTING FOR THE BURRUP."
- Lanz Priestly