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Forgiveness is a deeply personal act and can be very difficult for some people. The idea of forgiveness for Aboriginal Australians can be connected to the reconciliation movement and to the Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples, made in 2008 by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, MP.
In this work, Bindi Cole Chocka felt that written words covered with emu feathers, a beautiful and unique material native to Australia, would make her message instantly appealing and easy to understand. The words, ‘I forgive you’ can mean many things, depending on how and by whom they are spoken or written. This work reflects the important role of forgiveness in contemporary Australian and Aboriginal society.