An Important Message from Brian Butler

I am disturbed that Perpetual Grief is taking the toll on Aboriginal and Islander (including the Torres Strait) peoples.

This perpetual grief is cancerous and is reducing the ability for our Nations to be anywhere near confident that Aboriginal culture including the Torres Straits culture will be as intact as it should be generations into the future.

It is my belief that when we take into account that an infant Aboriginal child will have attended over 300 funerals before they reach the age of 25, and in some cases a far greater number of funerals, we cannot be prepared to accept from anyone that our young generations should be able to learn the same way other children do and can.

Yet people have the audacity to continue to say our kids are dumb and continue to tell them that they will never make it in the mainstream. Some teachers in the school system have attitudes that cause them to say “not another funeral!”, when a child has to attend their family members funerals.

It is a wonder any of us have any tears left to shed.

Our children think it is normal to have multiple funerals week after week.

People who are lucky enough to have a job cannot get released from their place of work to attend family funerals without losing pay and entitlements.

Elders continue to be denied help to get to the funerals of their families.

I want help from all Nations to stand with me and stand up for justice, family and social reinvestment.

The first step for us to take is to reconcile with each other, cut out any family feuding under the principles of Lateral Love.

Yours in Unity through Lateral Love & Spirit of Care for all humankind,


“Aboriginalisation is the only way forward for all of humanity. By placing the focus for learning fairly and squarely on the principles of caring, sharing and respect as practiced by our Elders we will bring about the necessary change to enable us to work together for the betterment of this world.” – Brian & Nicola Butler Lateral Love Australia

About Lateral Love® Australia

Lateral Love® Australia Lateral Love® Australia is devoted to bringing lateral violence, particularly for Aboriginal & Islander (including the Torres Strait) Peoples of Australia, into the public arena. Lateral Love® Australia aims to share truthful information about the history of Australia, highlighting the deliberate impact of colonization, and the damage made to the Human Spirit regardless of race due the manifestations of lateral violence. William Brian Butler & his niece Nicola Butler are the individuals behind the "Lateral Love® & Spirit of Care for all Humankind 2012 - 2022 Campaign". This campaign is a product of the culmination of the life works of William Brian Butler and Nicola Butler creating an ongoing, living, breathing environment for positive discussions, development of resources and suggestions for change that will have a lasting impact for Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Spiritual and Emotional Well being for all Aboriginal and Islander peoples in this country.
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4 Responses to An Important Message from Brian Butler

  1. Elaine Williams says:

    Yes totally agree with Mr Butler.
    We need help in Alice Spring some dont like to face Racism Facts, because their is so much fueding amongst our young and our old generational violence, it so sad when our own kind kneecap us.
    I went to visit my sick Daughter in Geelong, i worked for Aboriginal Hostel, i lost my job no empathy compassion, respect was i given and i am not proud to say my own kind got rid of me, we cannot eradicate Racism it is here to stay but can we work together for the better of those less fortunate than ourselves if we are power mongers or just plain diregard for our fellow Native Australian.
    Id rather just be know as fauna Elaine Wildflower, then i will feel confident about who I am.
    Love you Mr Butler. <3 peace.

  2. vdubboogie says:

    I stand with your simplest proposition , to unify the family and strengthen a nation first with in and then without .

  3. Reblogged this on Dreaming the World and commented:
    There is a link between how Indigenous people are treated and the fate of the land. This has been true for several hundred years at least. What may be less apparent is that the fate of Indigenous people will ultimately be the spiritual and ecological fate of all. Perpetual grief stalks our world.

  4. “Aboriginalisation is the only way forward for all of humanity…”
    Its called ‘collectivism’ in the general sense + it is what we have all unfortunately moved away from as a result of materialism + our society’s pre-occupation with living a lie… thus our wants + desires have destroyed the future.

    “Collectivism is any philosophic, political, religious, economic, or social outlook that emphasizes the interdependence of every human being in a society or civilization…. Collectivism is a basic cultural element that exists as the reverse of individualism in human nature…”

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