We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney.
Our vision for reconciliation
Our vision for reconciliation is a Sydney that values the living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, embraces the truthful reflection of the histories and experiences of First Nations peoples, and is dedicated to equity, opportunity and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
In taking action, we strive to reflect the needs and aspirations of Sydney's First Nations communities and recognise their impact and contribution. We’ll listen to and elevate the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Why we’re doing this
By acknowledging our shared past, we lay the groundwork for a future which embraces all Australians based on mutual respect and shared responsibility for our land.
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 traditional lands.
Despite the destructive impact of this invasion, Aboriginal cultures endured and are now globally recognised as the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.
Cultural support & fundingCelebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Strategies & action plansA dynamic 10-year plan to contribute to sustained prosperity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.Published 30 November 2016
Building new infrastructureWorking with our communities to share First Nations cultures.Planned · Redfern
Strategies & action plansOur plan to build and strengthen meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.Published 23 November 2020
PoliciesObserving customs demonstrates respect for cultural traditions and histories.Published 12 November 2012
PoliciesAims to support and promote busking culture while balancing the expectations and needs of all users of public space.Published 13 May 2019
Programs and initiatives
We support and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and communities with a range of projects and events.
Important dates and events
Below is a summary of formal and informal dates that correspond to milestones in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history. We encourage the entire community to celebrate and commemorate Indigenous culture on these days.
City of Sydney News
NewsLearn about Sydney’s Aboriginal history as you walk Country Markers highlight significant people and places along the harbour foreshore.26 September 2022
NewsHelp bring Aboriginal stories to life on the harbour Be part of Yananurala, a new walk that celebrates connection to Country through art and installations26 September 2022
NewsCall for artwork Acknowledging Country – applications open The artwork will acknowledge and pay respect to Country and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.12 September 2022
NewsNew events, innovation and environmental grants are openWhat you need to know about our latest round.29 August 2022
NewsWhat to do in Sydney this JulyFrom musicals to making cocktails, NAIDOC Week events to dancing the night away, we’ve got you covered for things to do in the city.1 July 2022
NewsWays to celebrate NAIDOC Week in SydneyThere are plenty of ways to get involved in NAIDOC Week. Here are our picks of the program, which runs from 3 to 10 July.27 June 2022
NewsPromote your NAIDOC Week event free onlineThe week celebrating and recognising the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is on from 3 to 10 July.21 June 2022
NewsVideo: ‘bara’, a monument to the traditional custodians of Gadigal Country‘bara’ by Aboriginal artist Judy Watson is a major new permanent artwork to celebrate the First Peoples of Sydney.16 June 2022
NewsIn pictures: Celebrating National Reconciliation WeekPeople came together at Redfern Community Centre for dancing, a hearty lunch and film screening.3 June 2022
NewsMonument to First Nations people unveiled on Gadigal Country At a headland ceremony overlooking Sydney Harbour, dancers unveiled 'bara', one of Sydney’s most significant public artworks.30 May 2022
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.
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.