When First Nations People talk about our connection to 'Country' we are talking about the deep connections we hold to the land, seas, skies and all living beings, including plants and animals. This connection goes beyond a physical attachment to a specific place. It is a spiritual and cultural connection that has been passed down for generations.
Country holds great significance for First Nations People, as it is the source of our spiritual, cultural, and physical sustenance. It is where our ancestors lived and where our descendants will continue to live. Country is sacred and is seen as a living entity, with its own spirit and consciousness.
Not only is our connection to Country a source of identity, it is a part of who we are and shapes our customs, beliefs, and practices. Because of this there is a vast diversity amongst nations with, many First Nations People having strong connections to their ancestral lands, practices, customs and ceremonies that are specific to that area.
Connection to Country is not just something that is felt by individuals, but also by the community as a whole. First Nations People often have a strong sense of community and connection to their extended family, communities and nations. Sharing common languages and cultural practices and working together to care for and protect Country.
Connection to Country is also a source of resilience for First Nations People. Despite facing many challenges, such as the loss access to and ownership of land and the destruction of cultural practices, Aboriginal people have fought hard to maintain their connection to Country and continue to pass this important responsibility down to future generations. Maintaining and reestablishing these connections has ensured we are able to persevere and continue to thrive as a people.
In conclusion, connection to Country is a fundamental part of our identity and caring for Country is a way of life for Aboriginal People. It is a spiritual and cultural connection to the land that has been passed down for generations. This connection is a source of identity, community, and resilience for Aboriginal people, and it continues to be an important part of our culture and way of life.