QCOSS would like to acknowledge the recent passing of Brisbane Elder, Uncle Sam Watson. Uncle Sam has been a passionate advocate for the rights of First Nation’s people across Brisbane, Queensland and Australia.
Throughout his life, Uncle Sam involved himself in community organisations in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, and participated in ground-swell activism – most recently appearing at the Invasion Day rally in Brisbane. He was well known as a gifted storyteller and author with several books, plays and screenplays to his name.
Many of us at QCOSS have had the pleasure and privilege of working with and learning from Uncle Sam over many years. His larger than life personality, deep commitment to justice and tireless work will be sorely missed.
Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.