As Australia inches toward reconciliation with our indigenous people, it has become a feature of life to acknowledge the original custodians of the land by naming the local language group.
This happens in workplaces, on radio, in public meetings, on websites and so forth. Pretty much anyone who wants to do the right thing or be seen to be doing the right thing, will acknowledge the first inhabitants of the land.
Australia Post has even printed their satchels and boxes with a space for acknowledging traditional owners and encourages us to address mail like this:
Now that I'm working in a shop, I send a few parcels so I realised this was a great opportunity to make this little gesture several times a day.
Of course, for many people it is an affront so I set about it without fanfare, hoping that there would be positive feedback before the naysayers spoke up. My naivety stuns me sometimes.
It didn't take long for someone to make a video call, aggressively accusing my boss of, well I don't know what, but "LOOK AT THIS PARCEL" and "KULIN COUNTRY" were prominent.
The boss was taken by surprise and didn't know what to say. I apologised for the discomfort it caused my innocent manager and quietly raged.
And then, an angel from on high whispered in my ear: "If the indigenous country was made a standard part of all addresses in our internal directory, it would no longer be a one person crusade but would set the standard for the way the organisation writes all addresses, Australia wide."
And so I started to research who to talk to about this idea. At first it was slow going and then I remembered that I have met a marketing person, she might know who I should talk to.
And she did.
And 24 hours later I had emails from three people, all saying "Let's try to do this" "Let's get it into the Reconciliation Action Plan"
It might take some time but I believe it will happen.