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Jason Owen says he’s a ‘proud Wiradjuri man’ as he writes a touching post about his native heritage

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Former X Factor Australia star Jason Owen has written an emotional Instagram post celebrating his Indigenous heritage.

The 28-year-old stated that he is a “proud Wiradjuri man” during NAIDOC week.

Jason said he wants to raise his daughter Lyla, three months old, to be proud of her heritage as a Wiradjuri woman.

Former X Factor Australia star Jason Owen has written an emotional Instagram post celebrating his Indigenous heritage for NAIDOC Week. Pictured with his mother Patricia, who is of indigenous descent

NAIDOC Week is held to “celebrate and recognize the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and peoples of the Torres Strait Islands.”

‘L [have] ever seen or heard these words. ‘You don’t look Aboriginal? Are you half-caste or quarter-caste?” It’s 2022 and society is still struggling to define what it means to be Aboriginal,” he wrote in the post.

Jason said he wants to raise his daughter Lyla for three months to be proud of her heritage as a Wiradjuri woman

Jason said he wants to raise his daughter Lyla for three months to be proud of her heritage as a Wiradjuri woman

Jason said he wants to raise his daughter Lyla for three months to be proud of her heritage as a Wiradjuri woman

‘Your Aboriginal life is not represented by the color of your skin, your culture is what is inside, in your heart. Your Aboriginal identity is not something that can be questioned because of your appearance.’

Jason wrote the song Proud, with singer Christine Anu, about his struggle to ‘identify himself as an Aboriginal man’.

Christine, 52, is of Torres Strait Islander Heritage.

'L [have] ever seen or heard these words. "You don't look Aboriginal?  Are you a half caste or a quarter caste?" It's 2022 and society is still struggling to define what it means to be Aboriginal,

'L [have] ever seen or heard these words. "You don't look Aboriginal?  Are you a half caste or a quarter caste?" It's 2022 and society is still struggling to define what it means to be Aboriginal,

‘L [have] ever seen or heard these words. ‘You don’t look Aboriginal? Are you half-caste or quarter-caste?” It’s 2022 and society is still struggling to define what it means to be Aboriginal,” he wrote in the post

Jason, whose mother Patricia is native, said growing up that he never wanted people to know about his heritage because he was afraid of being bullied.

“As a child and young teenager I never wanted to be seen with my mother because of the amount of bullying and the way Aboriginal people were talked about,” he explains.

“I am now a proud Wiradjuri man and will raise my little girl to be an educated, proud Wiradjuri woman.”

The Wiradjuri people are a group of Aboriginal Australians from central New South Wales.

Jason first rose to fame in The X Factor Australia in 2012.

After finishing second in the series, Jason released his debut album Life Is A Highway, which featured 10 classic covers of songs he grew up listening to.

He recently celebrated the release of the album Jason Owens Sings John Denver: The Acoustic Sessions.

Jason first rose to fame on The X Factor Australia in 2012. Pictured with wife Becy

Jason first rose to fame on The X Factor Australia in 2012. Pictured with wife Becy

Jason first rose to fame on The X Factor Australia in 2012. Pictured with wife Becy

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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