We acknowledge that the Kids in Action Program takes place on the Sovereign lands of the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi and Jinibara of the Sunshine Coast region. Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi and Jinibara country encompasses the area as south as Caboolture and Mt Nebo, as west as the Glass House Mountains, Blackbutt and Gympie, and as North as Maryborough.
Kids in Action would like to acknowledge the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi and Jinibara elders who have entered the dreaming; who are standing alongside us; and who are coming up after us. We would like to extend this acknowledgement to the country that makes up this region; the land that has the tallest trees, winds and waterways where the saltwater meets the fresh water; and combined home for wildlife and ecosystems; all which is connected to the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi and Jinibara lores and cultures that are imbedded into these ecosystems.
We acknowledge that Sovereignty has never been ceded. We acknowledge the colonial impacts that have negatively affected their peoples, and we as guests/settlers benefit from this and thus have a responsibility to raise awareness around the sovereign custodians of this land and their creators, Gabul, the carpet snake, Muru-kutchi, the maternal guide, and Ge’warr, the rainbow serpent.
This was and always will be aboriginal land.
(Developed in collaboration with the 2022 Kids in Action Program school students and facilitated by Tyrone Bean, Kabi Kabi descendant and Cholena Hughes, Koa descendant)