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Reconciliation

Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker District Councils have partnered together to ensure that reconciliation is part of everything we do — to ensure that we build a future together for everyone and for equality.

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Adelaide Hills Council acknowledges that we undertake our business on the land of the Peramangk and Kaurna Nations. We acknowledge their deeply spiritual connection with Country and we pay our respect to Elders past, present and future as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.

We are committed to working together to ensure that Peramangk and Kaurna culture and traditions are preserved and valued. Together we will care for this country for the generations to come.

As Australians, we are all here, woven into this country. As part of our reconciliation journey, there are truths to tell, stories to celebrate, and relationships to grow. Reconciliation is at the heart of our nations' future.

— Reconciliation Australia

Reconciliation

Reconciliation is about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians talking, walking, and working together to overcome the reasons for division and inequality between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Reconciliation is a nationally recognised approach to:

  • Recognising and celebrating Aboriginal culture and contributions
  • Building and strengthening our engagement with the Aboriginal community
  • Acknowledging the impact of the past for Aboriginal people
  • Building a future together.

For everyone

Reconciliation is not a niche topic; it is relevant to all people:

  • Peramangk and Kaurna traditional custodians
  • Non-Aboriginal people who live and work in the area
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live and work in our area.

The Adelaide Hills Reconciliation Working Group will share information and resources for the community though the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker District Councils' websites.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Adelaide Hills Council and Mount Barker District Council are committed to working in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of our community to develop and progress Reconciliation Action Plans.

Adelaide Hills Reconciliation Working Group

The Adelaide Hills Reconciliation Working Group (AHRWG) is a regional reference group that assists the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker District Councils to develop and implement their Reconciliation Action Plans. It also provides general advice on matters that impact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

There are nearly 600 residents in the Adelaide Hills region who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (2016 Census; 220 in the Adelaide Hills Council district and 360 in the Mount Barker District Council). The councils of this region recognise that the Aboriginal heritage and living culture of First Nation Peoples is a fundamental part of our district and thriving communities.

Meet your Adelaide Hills Reconciliation Working Group

Shared Country

As a part of our continuing work on reconciliation across the district, we have partnered with mantirridesign to create Shared Country, a visual reminder of our district's traditional custodians, the Peramangk and Kaurna Peoples.

The artwork is drawn from the Shared Country mural located on Torrens Valley Road, Gumeracha and reflects the Seven Sisters, arranged as waterholes along the course of a river with coolamons laying amongst thickets of sedges.

Coolamon design

Elements of the Shared Country design

More information

For further information about the Council's reconciliation program, please contact:

Lynne Griffiths
Community and Cultural Development Officer
8408 0552 | lgriffiths@ahc.sa.gov.au

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