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At Council, we recognise the original inhabitants of the land and make every effort to work closely with this community.
A number of residents of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background have been meeting for more than 10 years to consider what is being done to promote better access to services for the Aboriginal residents and to promote the culture and heritage of local Aboriginal people.
Indigenous residents have been supported by Council staff and implemented many cultural and community education projects in the past including NAIDOC Week events, The Two Valley Trail
Reconciliation Walks, Close the Gap Days, Reconciliation Week events, Aboriginal
film screenings, Aboriginal School Awareness programs and Indigenous walks for
Members of the group also provided input into the development of Aboriginal web pages across our website, which has proved to be a very useful resource to our local communities.
Meetings of the group are open to any Aboriginal residents of Canterbury-Bankstown, or Aboriginal people who work in our City. New ideas and suggestions are welcome.
Previously we have supported reconciliation via Sorry Day and developed a conservation and protection strategy for Aboriginal sites in our area.
We celebrate NAIDOC Week with special activities each year and display the Aboriginal flag to honour Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.
In 2004, we constructed a unique mosaic depicting the Aboriginal heritage and recognising the two most important figures in the local Aboriginal history, Pemulwy and his son Tedbury. You can find it in Gough Whitlam Park at Earlwood along the Cooks River not far from the Cricket Oval and the children's play area.
For more information, contact Council's Indigenous Community Development Officer on 9707 9863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org