Australia Day, Australia’s national day connected to the anniversary of Federation: The day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain and the first governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove.
Australia Day is a day of mourning for many of our Indigenous peoples because January 26 is the day their culture and lifestyle changed for ever – the day their country was invaded and taken by white men with guns.
To me, Australia Day is a day of cultural diversity: a day to celebrate the many people that make up Australians – Indigenous, non Indigenous Australian and people from every country in the world.
Diversity Project: Use plastic milk bottles or soft drink bottles to cut out a person template. Paint the template to represent a person from a culture you identify with. Blu tack your diversity dolls on a wall. They make a fantastic display and conversation point.