May 27—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 colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.
The Yugambeh people are a tribe of Australian Aboriginal people who inhabited an area in south-east Queensland, now within the Logan City and Scenic Rim Region, in Australia. Archaeological evidence suggests that Aboriginal people have inhabited the Gold Coast region for about 23,000 years before European settlement and the present.
On paper our bare feet will start a story about reconciliation. We will start in one classroom and let the story grow and continue throughout the centre going from class to class. Each educator adds to story. When the whole story is finished, we have all shared in a journey together. We will display the full story in the front foyer of the centre for all families to share.
Everyone has a cultural identity and understanding the diverse cultural identities in Australia is an essential element of achieving reconciliation.