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Every year on the 26th of May, Australia recognises the detrimental impact of national policies for the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. ‘The Stolen Generation’ are commemorated on this important day of remembrance.

National Reconciliation Week, from the 27th May – 3rd June, is a very important time to share Australia’s true history with your students. This year’s theme is ‘Be Brave, Make Change’. Share with your students how we can be brave to acknowledge the damage of Australia’s historical colonial policies, and brainstorm ways we can make change for two-way learning together.

We suggest a morning Acknowledgement of Country and stretch together with your students – not just for Reconciliation week – ideally every day!

 

Watch on the link WAYIBA (HELLO) FROM NGARLUMA COUNTRY 🌾🐚🌞 rhyming Acknowledgment of Country which is part of the daily morning routine for Kindy kids at Karratha Primary School.  Acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, live, learn and play strengthens connections with Aboriginal histories, cultures and languages.

RAINBOW BREATH

Use our Rainbow Breath activity to get your students ready for learning each morning, and to foster a classroom community as you share breath and stretch together as a routine every day. You can also use Rainbow Breath as a quick transition between classroom activities. 

Cues: when you are ready…
1) Let’s find a mindful standing or sitting position.

2) Breathing in, reaching our arms out wide to the sides and up tall above our heads, like a rainbow.

Here, integrate the word for ‘hello’ or ‘welcome’ in your local Indigenous language.
For those practicing on Whadjuk Noongar land (in the Perth region), this could be:
“Kaya wanjoo! Hello sun!”

3) Palms touch together at the top (you can clap if you like).

4) Breathing out, moving our hands together down to our hearts.

5) Reach down for a nice stretch of the legs, hinging at the hips.

6) Tap the floor together to acknowledge the land/Country.

Here, integrate the word for ‘land’ or ‘Country’ in your local Indigenous language. Integrate an age-appropriate Acknowledgement to Country.

For those practicing on Whadjuk Noongar land (in the Perth region), this could be:
“Kaya, Noongar boodja! 

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we share together, the Whadjuk Noongar people.”

Early childhood version: Many EC services integrate a morning Acknowledgement to Country with their young children. It might look and sound like this, as a call-and-response shared between adult staff and young children:

“Here is the land (tap the floor), here is the sky (point up and stretch), here are my friends (gesture to all in the room), and here am I (point to self). We respectfully acknowledge the [name the Traditional Owners] and Elders past, present and emerging.

Physical Benefits: 

  • Releases tension in the neck and jaw.
  • Stretches the arms, shoulders and torso.

Mental Benefits: 

  • Calms the mind.
  • Feels good!