Liam Hemsworth and brother Luke slam Australia Day celebrations as they share powerful essays about First Nations people
Liam Hemsworth shared a powerful tribute to Australia’s Indigenous people on Australia Day.
Posting to Instagram on Tuesday, the 31-year-old Australian actor shared an image of the Indigenous flag which was captioned: ‘Always was, always will be.’
Alongside the image he explained how the First Nations people have occupied the continent for many years in a lengthy caption.
Touching words: Liam Hemsworth shared a powerful tribute to Australia’s Indigenous people on Australia Day
‘We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country,’ began the post.
‘This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.’
The caption went on to say that the Indigenous people ‘have the oldest oral stories’ and have built structures ‘predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge’.
Tribute: Posting to Instagram on Tuesday, the 31-year-old Australian actor (pictured) shared an image of the Indigenous flag which was captioned: ‘Always was, always will be’
It also explained that they had ‘intimate knowledge of Country’ enabled them to ‘endure endure climate change, catastrophic droughts and rising sea levels’.
‘Always Was, Always Will Be. acknowledges that hundreds of Nations and our cultures covered this continent,’ he added.
‘All were managing the land – the biggest estate on earth – to sustainably provide for their future.’
Joining in: Liam’s brother Luke, 40, (pictured) also acknowledged the indigenous people of the country, sharing the same words and image to his own Instagram account
The powerful tribute is from an excerpt featured on Naidoc.org.au.
Liam’s brother Luke also acknowledged the Indigenous people of the country, sharing the same words and image to his own Instagram account.
Liam and Luke’s famous brother Chris is yet to make a post in regards to the national holiday.
Silent: Chris Hemsworth, 37, (pictured) is yet to make a post in regards to the national holiday
Australia Day has been a national public holiday since 1994 after it was previously recogised in some states.
Indigenous activists have since 1938 protested against commemorating the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Harbour arguing the arrival of British people eventually led to the dispossession of land.
The movement against recognising January 26 gathered momentum in 1988 when indigenous activists held protests during the bicentenary commemoration that featured a tall ships re-enactment on Sydney Harbour.
Protests are being held across the nation on Tuesday referring to January 26 as ‘Invasion Day’.
Backlash: Protests are being held across the nation on Tuesday referring to January 26 as ‘Invasion Day’. A protester is seen attaching an aboriginal flag to a statue of Queen Victoria in Queens Gardens during an ‘Invasion Day’ rally in Brisbane