BROTHERHOOD: Mark Brimble and Damian Beetson of the 'Murries on Bikes' group.
BROTHERHOOD: Mark Brimble and Damian Beetson of the 'Murries on Bikes' group. Chris Lines

The reconciliation speech which left the room stunned

ON A day of celebration and reflection, Mark Brimble's speech about indigenous imprisonment left audience members shaken to the core.

Mr Brimble rode in with the 'Murries on Bikes' group who came to Warwick to help with the Carbal Reconciliation Community Day celebrations.

He is a correctional facilitator who works with indigenous and Torres-Strait Islander people in the prison system and he is tired of seeing his people ignored.

"Indigenous people are the most incarcerated racial group in Australia,” he said.

"The white fella mainstream system is failing my people.”

Mr Brimble was brought in to help indigenous prisoners after picking up his nephew from prison.

"They called me up to tell me he had to go to an adult shelter, by the end of the conversation they said they wanted me in there talking to the youth,” he said.

While he works within the correctional system, Mr Brimble believes the laws imposed by colonisers do not help his people.

"The indigenous community carry a lot of trauma and they are disconnected from their culture,” he said.

"We need to teach them the old way, the way of our people, it is the only way get them to reconnect.”

Mr Brimble has seen first-hand how traditional healing helps the indigenous community escape from the grips of institutionalisation.

"There was a kid at a mental-health facility who had not left his room for seven years, so we went in and did a healing smoke ceremony and he came out that day,” he said.

"A positive for me is if I work with a person who has been in prison for ten years, then once they are released they stay out for 12 months, it is all about breaking the cycle.”

Mr Brimble's love for his indigenous brothers and sisters came through in the harrowing speech he delivered at the Salvation Army Hall.

He followed the speech by walking the audience through an indigenous welcoming dance which he often does for prisoners.

"I am just a man trying to help my people, I have lost two brothers to drugs and have family members in-and-out of jail, I live through this struggle daily.”