Today is 26th of May and is marked as Sorry Day. It’s a day when we remember the mistreatment of the Indigenous people, those that were forcibly removed from the families are known as the stolen generation.
These dates are significant – the first marks the 1967 referendum and the latter marks the 1992 decision of the High Court of Australia in Mabo vs QLD Rejection of terra nullius: The decision recognised that the indigenous population had a pre-existing system of law.
Today we stand and solemnly pay our respects to the elders on the raising of both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag at the front of the Town Hall. A smoking ceremony was held, which is representative of traditional culture.
It recalls the day where Aboriginals (Australia’s 1st peoples) were given the vote, and included in the national census.
At the beginning of all Council speeches, and important events, we always say a ‘welcome to country’ and pay our respects to the elders, and acknowledge their traditional ownership to this land.
Families can now register for sessional kindergarten and long day care services at the new integrated centre Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre in Port Melbourne
Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre is opening soon at 85 Liardet Street, Port Melbourne.
The new community run integrated centre will provide a range of early childhood and family services such as long day care, sessional kindergarten, maternal and child health, as well as a consulting space for allied health professionals, space for new parent groups, playgroups and other community groups.
The City of Port Phillip has chosen a locally significant indigenous name for the facility, Bubup Womindjeka Family and Children’s Centre, to celebrate indigenous history and culture.
Bubup Womindjeka means ‘Welcome Children’, and identifies the new integrated centre as a place for children and families while honouring the history of its location, our nation’s first people and their connection to the significant site of the lagoon in Port Melbourne.
To register on the waiting list for long day care please ring the City of Port Phillip Children’s Services Waiting List on 03 9209 6360.
To register on the waiting list for sessional kindergarten please call 0467 188 513 or email email@example.com
On Friday I attended a small luncheon in the Sth Melbourne Community centre to celebrate and remember reconciliation. There was a terrific turn out from the Aboriginal community. Today (Monday 27/5/13) I witnessed a traditional aboriginal smoking ceremony while the flags of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people were recognised. There were
traditional owners and elders in the audience. It was moving for me to learn how much it means to them.