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Indigenous presenter Narelda Jacobs vows to ‘educate’ Aussies on January 26

Indigenous presenter Narelda Jacobs vows to ‘educate’ Aussies on January 26 – and says she ‘wanted to cry with joy’ when Channel 10 sent DIE Australia Day email to staff

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Indigenous presenter Narelda Jacobs is urging citizens not to celebrate Australia Day on January 26.

January 26 marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.

For many Indigenous Australians, this day is not a cause for celebration, but rather a reminder of the dispossession of their land, culture and peoples.

Indigenous presenter Narelda Jacobs (pictured) has vowed to ‘educate’ citizens on Australia Day and why it shouldn’t be celebrated on January 26

Narelda, who is of Aboriginal and Irish descent, told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday that many Australians are still unaware of the history of colonialism and that she feels it is her responsibility to “teach” the country why the date should be altered.

“There’s no way we can celebrate it on January 26 — not now and not in the future, because the effects of colonization have lasted for 230 years and will last because it’s intergenerational,” she said.

“The poverty we have in this country among First Nations people is nothing short of appalling, and yet you can go from extreme poverty to billionaires wrangling in half an hour. So that’s what January 26 represents to me – it was the beginning of that trauma for our people.” she continued.

Narelda, who is of Aboriginal and Irish descent, told The Daily Telegraph on Sunday that many Australians are still unaware of the history of colonialism and that she feels it is her responsibility to “teach” the country why the date should be altered.

“So we have to open our eyes to the rest of the population and inform them about the date being changed and that it is not a date to celebrate – then we will be a better country.”

The Studio 10 panellist also said she was ‘looking forward to crying tears of joy’ after Channel 10 bosses recently sent a now infamous email to staff saying they could come to work instead of Australia Day off in 2023.

Parent company ANZ’s chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey, and co-lead Jarrod Villani referred to Australia Day only as “January 26” in the memo.

The Studio 10 panellist also said she was 'looking forward to crying tears of joy' after Channel 10 bosses recently sent a now infamous email to staff saying they could come to work instead of Australia Day off in 2023

The Studio 10 panellist also said she was 'looking forward to crying tears of joy' after Channel 10 bosses recently sent a now infamous email to staff saying they could come to work instead of Australia Day off in 2023

The Studio 10 panellist also said she was ‘looking forward to crying tears of joy’ after Channel 10 bosses recently sent a now infamous email to staff saying they could come to work instead of Australia Day off in 2023

The pair told staff it was “not a holiday” for Indigenous peoples and said workers could decide whether to take the day off as a holiday or to work if they chose.

It comes after Narelda sparked a heated debate on social media after she called on the monarchy to apologize for the colonization of First Nations people following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her request received support from some progressive Australians, but also from the British who feel they owe no apology to First Nations people for the actions of their ancestors more than 200 years ago.

Others pointed out that Narelda is of Irish and English descent on her mother’s side, making her “as much British as she is Native.”

Narelda’s late father Cedric was an Indigenous man and a member of the Stolen Generations, while her mother Margaret, who is white, migrated to Australia with her family from Northern Ireland.

It comes after Narelda sparked a heated debate on social media after she called on the monarchy to apologize for the colonization of First Nations people following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

It comes after Narelda sparked a heated debate on social media after she called on the monarchy to apologize for the colonization of First Nations people following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

It comes after Narelda sparked a heated debate on social media after she called on the monarchy to apologize for the colonization of First Nations people following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

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