This is the first episode of a special two-part episode with Torres Strait Islander Leader, Uncle Charles Passi. Uncle has deep insight into sharing his ideas around Healing, Country, Freedom and Truth Telling. We touch on so many topics, covering National Reconciliation, National Sorry Day, Mabo, Native Title, Referendum and so much more. We touched on the real issues and hopefully inspire a different conversation on a journey of peace, unconditional love, healing and goodwill by all of us together as one people in this country.
Uncle Charles is starting his new podcast – THE MESSAGE with Uncle Charles Passi – follow him here –
Biography of Uncle Passi Charles Passi was born into the traditional responsibility of land ownership and the preservation of cultural traditions in both Mer and Erub islands in the Torres Strait. He draws his interpretations from his deep cultural connections, through his birthright as a proud Meriam and the eldest son of Dave and Lena Passi. He believes that sharing this culture of communal sharing of responsibility and respect will help heal the dysfunctions in our world as its earthly philosophies are based on ensuring positive relationships between ourselves and with all within our environment. He embraces the challenge to influence and participate in leading Aboriginal Affairs in this country to new and profound heights of positive connection and representation.
As a former member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory group to the Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council (Qld), and former Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, Charles believes in his abilities as a visionary. With his experience and insight, he has committed himself to the redevelopment of current practices in providing real and sustainable positive solutions to the issues plaguing our people, culture and communities. Engaged by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships in 2019-20 as an Eminent Person, Charles was honoured to participate in the development and official recognition of the “Meriba Omasker, Kaziw Kazipa (Torres Strait Islander Traditional Child Rearing Practice Act 2020”. )
Charles commits to representing Torres Strait Islander issues to revolutionise social and political thinking around current practices in engagement and representation and the unifying development of families. He believes in his concept of the “The Philosophy of the Mat”, whioch he delves into in the next episode. Charles’s father, the Late Dave Passi, was one of the successful litigants in the “Mabo and Others” High Court Case of 1992.