Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities

Pauline McLeod artwork 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group

The Botany Bay City Council has formally endorsed the establishment of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group. We have employed a Community Worker - Aboriginal Services to assist in the establishment of this Group. It is anticipated that we will call for nominations to the Group early in 2015.

Welcome to Country

Incorporating Welcome and Acknowledgement protocols into official meetings and events recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians. It also promotes an increased awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians’ ongoing connection to place.

Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Forum

Botany Bay City Council is a member of the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum. This network comprises six councils: Botany Bay, City of Sydney, Randwick, Leichhardt, Waverley and Woollahra.

Among its activities the Forum organises the following joint annual events to mark Reconciliation Week:

  • Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation and
  • Reconciliation Week - Primary Schools Art Competition.

The Forum coordinator is currently based at Leichhardt Council. Waverley Councillor Dominic WY Kanak has been appointed as the Chairperson. The Forum meets bi-monthly to discuss and share information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Eastern Region.

The four key areas the forum focuses on are;

  1. Connections & Engagement
  2. Respect & Understanding
  3. Advocacy
  4. Accountability

NAIDOC

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July each year. It celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. The week provides an opportunity to recognise the many contributions Australia’s First Peoples make to our country and our community.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to create community events where there are opportunities to gain an increased understanding of our shared history, cultures and to explore ways in which we can all be a part of the reconciliation process. 

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