Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Acknowledging Gadigal Country

The City acknowledges the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney.

In 1788, the British established a convict outpost on the shores of Sydney Harbour. This had far reaching and devastating impacts on the Eora Nation, including the occupation and appropriation of their traditional lands.

Despite the destructive impact of this invasion, Aboriginal culture endured and is now globally recognised as one of the world’s oldest living cultures.

The Council of the City of Sydney recognises that, by acknowledging our shared past, we are laying the groundwork for a future which embraces all Australians, a future based on mutual respect and shared responsibility for our land.

Signs in the City's parks now welcome people with the words bujari gamarruwa, which means ‘good day’ in the language of the Gadigal. Hear the pronunciation of bujari gamarruwa and find out more about the Aboriginal language of Sydney.

 Bujari Gamarruwa (Good Day)

News and updates

Live blog: NAIDOC in the City - Hyde Park

5 July 2019

A free celebration of the world’s longest living Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

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4 July 2019

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18 June 2019

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7 June 2019

Enjoy wattle seed ice cream, kangaroo salad bowls and outback burgers at this year’s celebrations.

Welcome to Country

As a mark of respect to the traditional custodians of Sydney, the City incorporates 'Welcome to Country' and 'Acknowledgement of Country' proceedings for appropriate events, functions and meetings.

We encourage other organisations in the local area to do the same and, as we receive many requests, we have put together a guide to organising a Welcome to Country.

Every year before Sydney's world-renowned New Year's Eve celebrations get underway, we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land.

The 2018 New Year's Eve fireworks featured a harbour-wide ceremony embracing and honouring the Dreaming of this place and our relationship to it. 

Watch Calling Country below.

Last updated: Monday, 22 July 2019