Aboriginal Programs

Aboriginal Acknowledgement

Glenorchy City Council acknowledges the palawa community (Tasmanian Aboriginal community) as the original owners and continuing custodians of this island lutruwita (lu tru wee tah) Tasmania. palawa have a distinctive and age-old connection with their ancestral lands and waters. Glenorchy City Council respects and recognises the palawa’s survival and continual connection with their country spanning more than 60,000 years.

Glenorchy City Council’s Commitment to Aboriginal Australians November 1997

Glenorchy City Council acknowledges the traditional ownership of this area by Aboriginal people who were dispossessed by European invasion more than two hundred years ago. The arrival of Europeans brought massive change to this land and to the Aboriginal Australians who occupied it. For its part the City of Glenorchy grieves for the loss by Aboriginal people of their land, their children, their health, their culture, their language and their lives. We celebrate the survival of Aboriginal people following the devastating impact of European invasion and support the right for Aboriginal people to determine their own future. We recognise the right of Aboriginal people to live according to their own values and customs, subject to the Australian legal system, and we commit ourselves to protecting, preserving, and respecting Aboriginal sacred sites and special places. We accept our responsibility to work with the Aboriginal community to develop awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal history and society in our community. In doing so we acknowledge that Aboriginal culture continues to strengthen and enrich our community. The Glenorchy area is now occupied by people drawn from many different lands who share the values of tolerance and respect for one another. The Glenorchy City Council encourages indigenous and non-indigenous people across the Nation to work to overcome their differences and to continue to go forward together. Council supports Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people working together for reconciliation.

Glenorchy City Council’s Community Strategy 2021-2040

 Glenorchy Community Strategy 2021-2040

One of the priority outcomes for the Community Strategy is for an Accessible, Inclusive and Diverse community, caring for all.

A specific goal of this strategy is that our community understands and values the stories and aspirations of Aboriginal people. 

Council’s objective is to nurture its relationships with Aboriginal people and groups in the Glenorchy community to foster mutual respect and build cultural awareness.

Useful links and resources

Uluru Statement from the Heart  View The Statement

The Uluru Statement from the Heart in Your Language – SBS

Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre: https://tacinc.com.au/

Karadi Aboriginal Corporation:  http://www.karadi.org.au/

Leprena UAICC (Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress: https://www.facebook.com/leprenauaicctas/

Glenorchy Reconciliation Group: https://dosomethingnearyou.com.au/cause/glenorchy-reconciliation-group/

Reconciliation Tasmania: About Us – Reconciliation Tasmania

Department of Education, The Orb:  www.theorb.tas.gov.au

Glenorchy City of the Arts Strategy 2040:  glenorchy-city–of–arts-strategy -2040

Glenorchy Community Plan 2015-2040:  Glenorchy Community Plan 2015-2040

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