Narelda Jacobs has shared concerns that Naidoc Week celebrations could potentially be too tokenistic. 

The Indigenous journalist, 47, who recently came under fire for accepting a King’s honour after vocally demanding an apology from the Royal Family when the Queen died, spoke out on Instagram on Friday. 

Narelda ran through a number of her interviews on Ten, before touching on the concept of ‘cultural load’ with an interviewee. 

‘We touch on cultural load. You don’t realise you’re carrying such a load until you start talking about it,’ Narelda said, pensively.

‘How many battles have you had to fight to make sure Naidoc Week events are culturally safe? And done with sensitivity. When it was organised with the mentality of “insert Aboriginal here”,’ she asked. 

Narelda Jacobs (pictured) has shared concerns that Naidoc Week celebrations could potentially be too tokenistic

Narelda Jacobs (pictured) has shared concerns that Naidoc Week celebrations could potentially be too tokenistic 

Narelda then showed footage of herself at a Carriageworks event, featuring literary star, Kirli Saunders.   

‘Last night I filled my spiritual cup by going to Carriageworks last night to support Kirli Saunders. All the mob were there. It was really beautiful to see everyone.’

She finished by saying Naidoc Week was for the elders.  

‘One last push. Today and tomorrow. One last push everyone. Let’s get through it together and do it for our elders,’ she added.

'How many battles have you had to fight to make sure Naidoc Week events are culturally safe? And done with sensitivity. When it was organised with the mentality of "insert Aboriginal here"' she asked. Pictured

‘How many battles have you had to fight to make sure Naidoc Week events are culturally safe? And done with sensitivity. When it was organised with the mentality of “insert Aboriginal here”‘ she asked. Pictured

It comes just weeks after Narelda came under fire for accepting a King’s Birthday honour, after criticising the monarchy. 

The Ten star used Queen Elizabeth II’s death in September last year to call on the next British head of state to apologise for Australian colonisation.

‘There was a great wrong that was done,’ Jacobs said at the time. ‘Australia was settled without the consent of First Nations people that were here.’

Last month, however, the Whadjuk woman was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for ‘service to the media, and to the community’ in the King’s Birthday Honour’s List. 

Narelda interviewed Sydney lawyer, Teela Reid (pictured)

Narelda interviewed Sydney lawyer, Teela Reid (pictured) 

Narelda then showed footage of herself at a Carriageworks event, featuring literary star, Kirli Saunders, and a number of other friends (all pictured)

Narelda then showed footage of herself at a Carriageworks event, featuring literary star, Kirli Saunders, and a number of other friends (all pictured) 

Jacobs addressed her decision to accept the award during an episode of The Point – Referendum Road Trip on NITV.

She said while most media coverage of her receiving the honour had been ‘lovely write-ups of congratulations’ she had also been subjected to ‘vile’ comments on social media.

‘The trolls really came out in force today and there was a lot of hate and a lot of people were saying about me being a hypocrite for accepting the award,’ she said.

Jacobs then turned to fellow panelist, Teela Reid, an Indigenous lawyer and Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman.

Narelda recently hit back at trolls who labelled her a hypocrite for accepting a King's Birthday honour while fiercely opposing the monarchy. She is pictured at the 2022 Logies

Narelda recently hit back at trolls who labelled her a hypocrite for accepting a King’s Birthday honour while fiercely opposing the monarchy. She is pictured at the 2022 Logies  

‘Teela, why is it so triggering?’ the presenter asked. ‘Why do people feel the need to spread hate and to try and tear you down when something good happens to you?’

Among the posts on Twitter was this comment: ‘Narelda Jacobs can spin it how she likes. In my opinion she is a hypocrite’.

Another wrote: ‘Just wondering how Narelda Jacobs can accept hers after all her talk of colonisation and how we shouldn’t mourn the Queen etc. Amazing hypocrisy after all her vitriol’.

One Twitter user wrote of the Studio 10 host: ‘Narelda Jacobs is a hypocrite. Excepting the Medal of the Order of Australia but forever bagging the system which makes her able to earn a decent crust’

A third said: ‘Narelda Jacobs is a hypocrite. Excepting the Medal of the Order of Australia but forever bagging the system which makes her able to earn a decent crust.’

Jacobs sparked heated online debate when she said Aboriginal Australians should not be criticised for refusing to mourn the death of the Queen.

Her comments on The Project came three days after Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died and included demanding an ‘acknowledgement or apology’ for colonisation from Britain.

Jacobs had also re-posted an Instagram story from the Mamamia website which read: ‘I am an Aboriginal woman. Don’t ask me to mourn the Queen’s death.’

Following Queen Elizabeth II's death, Jacobs shared an Instagram Story from women's website Mamamia, which read: 'I am an Aboriginal woman. Don't ask me to mourn the Queen's death'

Following Queen Elizabeth II’s death, Jacobs shared an Instagram Story from women’s website Mamamia, which read: ‘I am an Aboriginal woman. Don’t ask me to mourn the Queen’s death’

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