Silence descends as the door is opened the Elders enter not one word spoken The students stand as they walk down the aisle towards the droning yidakis that make them smile We take our seats and are welcomed to this land in a dialect of Dhurga by a young Koori man The stage is cleared dancers fill the space their painted bodies move with grace Speeches are given about the importance of this day a chance to celebrate our culture And pave the path for a better way We are taken outside the flags are raised we bow our heads for all our ancestors gave We reflect on the heroes unsung and unadorned who carry the fire ensuring justice is born… 
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