As the Recognise campaign sweeps across the nation and builds momentum leading up to the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, some questions remain unasked and unanswered. What benefits will come from a change to the constitution? Will constitutional recognition negate a treaty or Indigenous sovereignty? Who is championing the cause — for and against? Are these constitutional changes driven and supported by the community of Indigenous Australians or are they merely to serve a deeper political agenda?
Listen to Bogaine ‘Boe’ Spearim share why he is anti-recognise, and how he came to that conclusion.
Boe was born in Blacktown, NSW and spent most of his childhood growing up in Western Sydney before relocating to Brisbane, where his father taught him about identity through dance, song and connection to his Gamilaraay country.
Since moving back to Brisbane, Boe has become heavily involved with the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy (BASE), which has deepened his understanding of the issues Indigenous Australians face today and ignited a desire to speak out about these struggles.
Boe spoke at the Queensland State Library and this video was made by them.