This post contains information about January 26 and maybe upsetting for some people to read.
We acknowledge that this land always was and always will be Aboriginal land, we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and elders past, present and emerging. We pay respects and acknowledge the continuation of connection to land, sky, seas and traditions of Aboriginal people across the country of this land we now know as Australia.
What is the history of January 26?
January 26 marks the day Captain Arthur Phillip rowed ashore at Sydney Cove and proclaimed British sovereignty in 1788.
While some Australians enjoy celebrating this day, for many Aboriginal people it is seen as a day of mourning. Since 1938 there has been a protest movement against the celebration of January 26 and what it stands for. This day marks the shameful beginning of the foundation of Australia as a new Nation. It has been a day of mourning for First Nations communities officially since 1938, despite this, it was proclaimed a National Public Holiday and one of great National Celebration since 1994.
Always was, always will be
We acknowledge that January 26 marks the start of colonisation and discrimination of First Nations peoples ways of life. On this day we reflect on the pain and sorrow caused to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and look towards action that can be taken to continue on the path to healing and reconciliation.
Today is a day to deeply listen and hear Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and stories, to learn about culture and recognise the survival of First Nations peoples despite efforts to the contrary.