27 May – 3 June was National Reconciliation Week, and this year our children participated in various activities to show they are taking steps of their own to help bring together all the people of our great nation. The children loved the face painting, games and story telling.
We are also working on an exciting permanent display of the children’s footprint in their undercover outdoor play area. This unique and colourful creative feature will help enhance our environment that nurtures pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions.
This week the children learnt that Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Reflecting on the two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey…
27 May – Marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.
3 June – Commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonialisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.