The Koori Curriculum for the past few years has been a regular at Sydney Yabun Survival Day Festival in Victoria park. However, this year due to covid related regulation we weren’t able to participate in our usual style and decided instead to head up north to Awabakal Country.

We gathered at Civic Park in Newcastle for ceremony and collective reflection. We were introduced to the band Tripple Effect who recently won a social justice award for their song artistry around advocacy. They sung an old classic “From Little Things Big Things Grow” a song about the Wake Hill Walk Off followed by an original titled “From the Heart” a song about Makarata and Uluru Statement. We found music incredibly moving and encourage educators to listen to these two songs themselves via Spotify if they can.

We partook in the march down to the foreshore where we were able to connect with a few friends and stand in solidarity. As the morning progressed and the heat continued to rise we retreated back home to our own back yard and bush sanctuary.

I spent the remainder of my day connecting with country by continuing to care for and add to our little bush habitat. We would love to know how you spent the 26th of January with your family. Please write to us and let us know at