Acknowledging Colour

Today it’s International World Indigenous Peoples Day. So significant in today’s day and age, with – despite Covid-19 – migration of people is undeniable and needs to be acknowledged. It may sound silly but I remember reading in a weekly magazine in the Netherlands many many years ago, the words: ‘Kleur bekennen‘. It can mean ‘to confess’, but translated word for word it means ‘to acknowledge colour‘. It was used in the context of fashion and the application of colour in fabrics. As if people were scared of it. The two words ‘kleur bekennen’ have always stuck with me.

We still seem to have a problem with people from different races, with different skin colours, different religions. Fear of the unknown. Let us put some real effort into getting to know our neighbour. You might not realise it but at least 85 percent of our (New Zealand) population identify with different ethnicities and have origins in Europe and Asia. That’s not counting those people with other ethnicities including those of Māori, Pacific, Middle Eastern/Latin American/African or ‘other’ (Demographics of New Zealand – Wikipedia). It is time to embrace diversity and inclusion within our communities, regardless of where you live or where you see yourself on the socio-economic ladder.

Also, how do you acknowledge your heritage? Do you implement this in your day to day life? Do you observe it on certain days of the year only? Do you remember the language you grew up with? Do you accept other cultures in your community or do you shy away from them? Remember that we, or our ancestors, all travelled from somewhere to get to where we are today. Love and respect and a willingness to open up and learn will go a long way if you let it so ♡

‘The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. Wikipedia Theme: Indigenous peoples’ languages Date: Sunday, 9 August 2020 Location: Globally’
Source: International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Below post Indigenous Unity in Diversity is Now a Reality was first published on Monday, July 17, 2017 by – please read!

For the first time indigenous peoples will be able to put their opinions across to international policymakers and for the first time ever will 500 million people have a voice in the international theater!
Source: Indigenous Unity in Diversity is Now a Reality