National rugby players sing Australia's national anthem in Indigenous language for first time before match

National rugby players sang an Indigenous version of Australia’s national anthem for the first time on Saturday, a move that won widespread praise and spurred calls to make it a permanent feature at Australian sporting events.

Performing arts student Olivia Fox sang a powerful rendition of the national anthem, first in the of the Eora Nationa group of Indigenous clans from the Sydney metropolitan areaand then in English, before Australia’sTri-Nations test against Argentina at Western Sydney Stadium.
狐狸, a Wiradjuri woman, was supported by the 23 Wallabies players, who were wearing their First Nations jerseys with an Indigenous design for only the second time this year, and could be seen belting out the words behind her.
We were practicing it during the week and we were very proud to have that opportunity to do it, and I think it sounded pretty good too,” said Australia captain Michael Hooper, 据路透社报道.
    Wearing an indigenous jersey and singing that was great to be a part of.
    It was the first time Australia’s national anthem — 推进澳大利亚博览会 — had been sung in an Indigenous language at a major sporting event and prompted an outpouring of pride and praise.
    Former Wallabies player Matt Giteau 在推特上说 that it was aSpecial moment in Australian sport.. well done Wallabies.
    Australian rugby journalist Christy Doran called the anthemspine-tingling.
    The finest rendition of the Australian national anthem. That was brilliant. Never felt more proud of our anthem,” he posted on Twitter.
    Other nations have Indigenous languages as part of their national anthemsNew Zealand’s anthem, 例如, is sung in both Maori and English.
    CNN sports anchor Alex Thomas 在推特上说:A long way to go for Australia to connect with its indigenous culture in the same way as NZ but hats off to the Wallabies.
    Australia sings the national anthem during the Tri-Nations rugby match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina Pumas on December 5, 2020 in Sydney.

    Australia’s controversial national anthem

    But Indigenous National Rugby League star Latrell Mitchell criticized the version performed on Saturday, saying the anthem still had the same flawed meaning, 根据 to CNN affiliate Seven News.
    When will people understand that changing it to (an Indigenous) language doesn’t change the meaning!” he reportedly wrote on Instagram.
    Many Indigenous people in Australia consider the anthem to be racist and there has been pushback against the phrasefor we are young and free,” given that Australia is home to one of the world’s oldest known civilizations.
    We aren’t young and free. We’re the longest-living culture in the world,” 米切尔, who has been a long-time critic of the Australian anthem, 以前说过, according to Seven News.
    There is entrenched discrimination against Australia’s Indigenous population.
      While the country’s Indigenous population makes up just 3.3% 其 25 百万人, they account for more than a quarter of its prisoners. Indigenous Australians are also almost twice as likely to die by suicide, have a life expectancy that is almost nine years lower, and have higher infant mortality rates than non-Indigenous Australians.
      The Black Lives Matter protests in the US, 和世界各地, this year once again brought these issues to the fore in Australia, with protests demanding an end to Indigenous deaths in custody.