I CAN FORGIVE BUT NEVER FORGET THOSE DAYS

Uncle Ben, a Noongar elder, battled alcoholism for many years before addressing the issue head-on. A recipient of the Order of Australia for his reconciliation work, Uncle Ben believes that he must stay upright to give his people hope.

'Now I speak to you now with serenity not with bitterness, because I know there is a lot of good non-Aboriginal people like yourself and I'm at reconciliation but this is what happened. I can forgive but never forget those days…we bear the scars of that 1905 act.'

This story was collected by the Centre for Stories for the Empathy Museum's 'A Mile in my Shoes' installation as part of Perth International Arts Festival