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Aboriginal People

 

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Aboriginal People in Georges River

We acknowledge that Biddegal/Bidjigal/Bedegal people of the Eora Nation are the original inhabitants and custodians of all land and water in the Georges River region.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 0.5% of the Georges River population. 

We recognise Aboriginal people as an integral part of the George River community and highly value their social and cultural contributions. 
 

Our approach

We apply the following principles to working with Aboriginal people:

Recognition

Our vision for reconciliation is a community where Aboriginal people are recognised as the First Nation of people of Australia and their heritage and culture is valued, celebrated and promoted.

Respect

We have a deep and ongoing respect for Aboriginal heritage and identified Aboriginal sacred sites and special places.

Equity and Access

We promote equity of access for all members of the Aboriginal community to culturally sensitive services.

Participation

We work collaboratively to improve social, culture and economic outcomes for Aboriginal people through engagement and commitment to ‘closing the gap’.

Consultation

We implement a range of consultative practices to capture the ongoing input of Aboriginal people in the community.

Opportunity

We seek to identify meaningful opportunities for the advancement of Aboriginal people in the local area.

 

Acknowledgement of Country 

We are committed to showing respect for Aboriginal people as Australia's First Peoples. We have adopted the practice of acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of Country at events, ceremonies, meetings and functions.

Learn about our Protocols of Acknowledgement of Country.
 

Aboriginal Reference Group

The Aboriginal Reference Group has been formed to work closely with us to improve residents’ access to services and to address community needs and inspirations.
 

Community Development Programs 

We support a range of programs and initiatives that show respect, promote and celebrate Aboriginal culture and heritage within the Georges River area. These include:

Reconciliation Week 

Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration held from 27 May to 3 June. It is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

NAIDOC Week 

NAIDOC Week is an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Every year in the first week of July NAIDOC Week is celebrated with a number of events and activities that are centred on a theme chosen by the national organising committee.

 

Social support groups 

Aboriginal Youth Group

Run every Monday, this is a cultural program to ensure Aboriginal youth can develop a strong connection to their culture and identity. The team at Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation bring with them a wealth of cultural knowledge through their own lived experiences, knowing the importance of creating a connection to one’s identity and country.

For more information visit the Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation website.

Gumbul Djaadjaa (Strong Brother) Men's Group

Gumbul Djaadjaa Men’s Group offers regular health and wellbeing activities.

For more information visit the Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation website.

Yanani Women's Group

The Yanadi Women’s Group meets weekly on Fridays and brings together Aboriginal women to participate in a range of activities such as arts and crafts, candle making, traditional weaving, jewellery making and much more.

For more information visit the Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation website.

 

Walking Together

In 2019 we launched Walking Together, a documentary showcasing local stories about friendship and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Enjoy the film.
 

Walking on Georges River Country - Shannon Foster

We are proud to have celebrated National Reconciliation Week in 2020 with D’harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper and local Traditional Owner, Shannon Foster. The video Yana’o Kai’eemagh (Walking on Georges River Country) takes viewers on a walk to explore the Georges River as Shannon shares the stories, knowledge, plants and animals that belong to the Country on this beautiful stretch of water.
 

Contact 

For further information on our Aboriginal Reference Group, please contact our Community Capacity Building team on 9330 6400 or communitydevelopment@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
 

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