Sail 4 Justice recognises and asserts the sovereignty of First Nations people. We wish to pay our respects to the First Nations peoples on whose land and seas we travel and sail. We pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging and to the strength of the Indigenous communities in ongoing struggles for self-determination.
We are asking you all to join or to support the Flotilla for Justice that will be launched from so-called Melbourne in May and leave Australia from Gimuy/Cairns in June 2019. We are taking to the seas and our destination is Manus Island.
All refugees on Manus Island, Nauru and onshore are political prisoners. The Australian government and private corporations are committing gross violations of human rights, so we are sailing to bring the world’s attention to their torture and abuse of refugees. We are sailing in spite of the borders enforced by this government, because we reject their authority. Australia’s border policing and refugee policies are premised on the notion of Australia’s jurisdiction over this land. However, this country was occupied illegally, under the legal fiction of terra nullius – empty land. To this day, Australia has no treaty with the original sovereigns of this land. As uncle Robbie Thorpe says: “Indigenous people never ceded sovereignty over Australia. The Australian government has no legitimate right to grant or refuse entry to this country.” The Freedom Flotilla will be traveling with the Kangaroo skin engraved with an important message from Arabunna Elder Kevin Buzzacott. The engraving, depicting people of all colors gathered around the sacred fire, will be accompanied by ashes from the tent embassy and water from Uncle Kevin’s traditional country surrounding Lake Eyre. These gifts are to be presented by First Nations and West Papuan Flotilla participants upon our arrival to Manus. The ceremony will include the gifting to the men on Manus of Original Nation passports sent by Uncle Kevin as well as a fire, dance and song performed as an act of resistance to overcome the walls of racism and the politics of greed that keep us divided. We will carry with us messages of solidarity as well as practical donations.
On our journey we will visit many communities who continue to struggle for social and environmental justice to stand with them, support their fight and bring attention to their causes. We recognise that the destruction of lands and oceans in the Pacific region is deeply connected to the histories of colonisation in the region. We aim to highlight issues faced by Original Nations in the areas that we will visit, including Indonesian occupation of West Papua and the ongoing genocide of the West Papuan peoples. The ongoing land theft and dispossession of Indigenous people severs the human relationships to land and oceans that are based on mutual care and sustainability. Colonialism brings with it the logic of rampant capitalism, growth and profit, enforcing ever new tactics of environmental exploitation. For centuries it has imposed artificial borders that have carved up Indigenous nations and their lands. Globally, the ongoing impacts of colonisation and imperialism create conditions such as war, global wealth disparity and environmental changes that force people to flee their lands. We are faced with climate changes, rising oceans, pollution and loss of diversity, among many issues. There are currently millions of environmental refugees. It is projected that climate change will create the world’s biggest refugee crisis in the next decade.
We want to say to all the men, women and children on Manus and Nauru as well as all those imprisoned in onshore detention that we are really sorry about the election results and what that means for all of you! While both major political parties are, in our eyes, completely illegal on stolen and occupied territories, and are both complicit in deadly border regime policies - we still recognise the different severity of their racist political agendas, the real life consequences that affect you...read more
Short clip from the 18th of May illegal government eviction action at Kirribili in Warrang/Sydney on our way up the east coast. Big thanks to everyone who came out to support! DECOLONISE NOW!read more
As some of you are already aware, we have some sad news to announce. Due to several last minute technical issues on Kindred Spirit (like the broken rudder), we had to move her to Warrang/Sydney mostly overland. On our way, while towing the boat, we were hit by a semitrailer. It pushed the trailer with the boat into the back of our car and then out on the road. The boat ended up in the lanes next to us and was later hit by another vehicle. It was a scary and dangerous accident, but we are so...read more
We say thank you to everyone that came down and took part in Sail4Justice eviction-not-election action last Saturday. We took to the waterways to deliver an eviction notice to the illegal "australian" government stationed at Kirribili House. They are the thieves of the land of hundreds of countries on this continent as well as perpetrators of crimes against humanity and the Nature. They have no legitimacy to dictate who can and who cannot seek asylum here. We wanted to point out...read more