Sanctuary centres recognising National Reconciliation Week 2023

May 26, 2023
Red banner with black text by Reconciliation Australia: Be A Voice for Generations

A voice for generations – the theme of this year’s National Reconciliation Week.

With new generations of voices throughout our centres, we thought it would be great to touch base with each location to see what their plans are to acknowledge and celebrate reconciliation.

Sanctuary Ashmore

The team have registered to host a Morning Tea for Culture on Wednesday 31 May. The Leadership Team will be baking Indigenous recipes for brownies, scones, jam and sausage rolls.   

In addition to this, the centre will be participating in Wear it Yellow for Children’s Ground and will have a collection tin in the foyer for raising funds for this organisation, as well as an online option – click here to donate. All funds from Wear it Yellow go to Children’s Ground’s innovative learning and wellbeing work for First Nations communities in the Northern Territory and Central Australia. Led by First Nations Elders and educators, this educational approach privileges First Nations culture while incorporating the best of Western teaching. To learn more about the Childrens Ground approach, visit

Sanctuary Buderim

Sanctuary Buderim got a head start in their Reconciliation Week activities.

On 23 May, Gubbi Gubbi Elder, Aunty Christine hosted a team cultural workshop at the centre from 5.30pm. The next day, Educational Leader, Sallie and Lead Educator Jess attended the Sunshine Coast Council National Reconciliation Week Launch at Mapleton from 3pm.

At the beginning of the reconciliation week, the team will receive the link to the Narragunnawali webinar –‘ Take action against racism and celebrate National Reconciliation Week’.

Sallie will conduct an audit throughout the week with a clear focus on ensuring centre resources and environments reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The team have also subscribed to the Koori Mail to keep up to date on news and current affairs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In addition to all of this,the team will also be Wearing it Yellow on 30 May, to donate to their team visit –

Each of these opportunities tie nicely into the centre’s goals in their reconciliation action plan (RAP).

Sanctuary Maudsland

Elder of the Yugambeh Language Group, Uncle Allan will be visiting the centre on 29 May and will be teaching the children ‘Jubi the crab’ song and dance.

In addition to this, the team at Sanctuary Maudsland have also signed up to the annual ‘Wear it Yellow’ campaign by Children’s Ground. Donations will be collected at the centre’s reception and can also be made by online by clicking here. All profits support Children’s Ground’s community-led approach to changing the future for First Nations children.

 Sanctuary Redlynch

One of the educators, Shailee (Kuku Yalanji, Arabana & Taribelang) will be discussing local insects, animals, plants and life within the reef. The team hope to introduce our native species and educate children around how they may have been used by Indigenous peoples in the past and present.

Uncle Philiph Brown (Western Yalanji) will also be visiting on 2 June share his love of storytelling, dance, and his amazing skills with his digeridoo. Uncle Philiph will be sharing the story of the Rainbow Serpent and about the crocodile who has formed the mountains. 

Each room is also working on a way to create their own Acknowledgement of Country within their learning space, either physically or with a ritual to ensure the Djabugay; Yirriganydji and Yidinji mobs are recognised as the traditional custodians of our local land.

The centre will also participate in Wear it Yellow for Children’s Ground, click here to donate to their team.

National Reconciliation week is a great time to connect with your local communities, Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and groups.

By working in unity we can educate our new generations for a brighter future together.

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