Tomorrow the nation celebrates a day traditionally set aside as one of mourning for Aboriginal people. While for Australians it may be a celebration of booze and bogans, for us it symbolises the loss of land, of children and of culture. It highlights the struggles of our elders, and the battles inherited by our youth.

But tomorrow will also be one of reflection, as we look back on those struggles and come together for the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.