First Nations People

Overview

Traditional Custodians

We acknowledge the Cabrogal of the Darug Nation as the original inhabitants of Fairfield City.

Fairfield City Council endorsed a Statement of Commitment between the Council, Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council and the local Aboriginal community in April 2005 to:

  • Acknowledge the history that has occurred between Aboriginal people and European settlers in the area;
  • Make a commitment to advocate on behalf of Aboriginal community members to implement culturally appropriate service provision; and
  • Develop, promote and support Aboriginal involvement in local events and celebrations conducted by Council.

The Statement of Commitment builds on a significant number of joint projects between Fairfield City Council and the local Aboriginal community including the Plantlines, Warali Wali and Hilwa Park projects.

As a mark of respect, our events, official meetings, functions and other special occasions begin with an Acknowledgement of Country.

Fairfield City Council acknowledges the original inhabitants of the Fairfield area, the Cabrogal of the Darug Nation. 


Fairfield City Acknowledgement of Country

We would like to Acknowledge the Cabrogal of the Darug Nation who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land we are meeting on today. We also pay our respect to the Elders both past and present and future of the Darug Nation.

We acknowledge your rich culture and your unique role here in the Fairfield region. Your heritage and traditions are important to us all, and part and parcel of the great history of Australia.

Fairfield City Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Reconciliation Action Plan is Fairfield City's strategy to build positive relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

Check back soon for the new Reconciliation Action Plan.

Dates of Significance

NAIDOC Week

National Aboriginal and Islanders Day of Celebration (NAIDOC) is celebrated every year in July. The day represents a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander cultures and recognises the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander first Australians.


National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week runs annually from 27 May-3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia's reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively.

Reconciliation is the building of mutual and respectful relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians to help both cultures unite as one.


National Sorry Day

The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998, 1 year after the tabling of the report Bringing Them Home, which was an inquiry into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. One of the recommendations of the report was that a National Sorry Day should be declared. Each year since then, events have been held across Australia on, or around, 26 May every year to acknowledge the impact of the removal of Aboriginal children from their families.

Services

Fairfield Local Aboriginal Access Group

Fairfield City Council supports the Fairfield Local Aboriginal Access Group (FLAAG), convened by Cabramatta Community Centre and Woodville Community Services.

FLAAG offers cultural awareness training and workshops for members of the non-Aboriginal community and workers from agencies with Aboriginal clients.

FLAAG also supports agencies and workers to devise action plans aimed at developing more culturally appropriate services.


South West Sydney Koori Interagency

This interagency is a forum for Aboriginal workers in government departments to share issues and needs specific to the Aboriginal community.

For more information contact the Interagency convenor Centrelink at sws.koori.interagency@centrelink.gov.au.


Gandangara Aboriginal Land Council

Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council serves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader community with cultural, economic, social and spiritual services and aims to achieve a better future for Indigenous Australians.

Visit the Gandangara Aboriginal Land Council website


Indigenous Portal

This website is designed to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Government policies and programs and raise awareness about the initiatives that affect you most. The site shares stories from individuals, communities and organisations across Australia, telling real stories about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the challenges and opportunities facing them, and the successes and achievements being demonstrated every day.

Visit the Indigenous Portal website


Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is a world-renowned research, collections and publishing organisation. They promote knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories.

Visit the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website