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.'