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Users of this website should be aware that in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, seeing the names and photographs of deceased people may cause sadness and distress, particularly to relatives of those people. Before using the reconciliation section of this web site in such communities, readers should establish what the wishes of senior community members are and take their advice on procedures and safeguards to be adopted.
Reconciliation in the City of Adelaide
The City of Adelaide is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and Council acknowledges this through a Kaurna Acknowledgment as the first item of business at each Council meeting.
City of Adelaide acknowledges that we are meeting on the traditional country of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past and present. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today. And we also extend that respect to other Aboriginal Language Groups and other First Nations.
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
The 2018-2021 plan was endored in May 2018 and consolidates the Council's long-standing commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Council's reconciliation initiatives have been combined into a single plan using Reconciliation Australia's RAP template. The Plan is registered with Reconciliation Australia and created in collaboration with the City of Adelaide Reconciliation Committee.
Previous RAP documents:
- Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-18 (3.5MB)
- 2014-2015 Reconciliation Action Plan progress report
Visions & Acknowledgements
NAIDOC in the Mall
Each year during NAIDOC Week, the City of Adelaide hosts a community celebration in Rundle Mall. The 2018 event was held on July 10 where an inspirational pavement artwork Mothers Strength, by emerging Aboriginal artist Lorelle Hunter was unveiled. The artist statement is in the form of a poem:
"A strength of a mother is second to none. Even in times of stress, when she is fighting her own demons, when she is beyond exhausted both mentally & physically nothing will stop a mother from finding the strength...the strength she has gained from her mother, grandmother, aunties, sisters, community, ancestors.... that she needs to do for her child/children what needs to get done."
Mothers Strength, Lorelle Hunter
In a historic decision in 2002, Council amended a 100-year-old tradition and introduced a Kaurna acknowledgment as the first item of business at each Council meeting. Read by the Lord Mayor, the acknowledgment honours the Kaurna people as the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains area:
Mankurri-api Kuu / Reconciliation Room
Mankurri-api Kuu / Reconciliation Room is located in the Adelaide Town Hall. We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups to register to use Mankurri-api Kuu for free on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. The room is available on weekends on application.
‘In 2014, 4 Reconciliation Plaza flag poles were installed in Tarntanyangga / Victoria Square after the Reconciliation Committee of City of Adelaide identified an opportunity to add to the suite of reconciliation activities contained in City of Adelaide’s Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2015- 2018.
The Reconciliation Plaza flag poles are designated solely for the purpose of creating public awareness and celebration of Aboriginal Culture in Tarntanyangga / Victoria Square.
In May 2016, City of Adelaide committed to working with Warriapendi School to create 4 Reconciliation banners to be flown at the entrance and exit points of Reconciliation Plaza, Tarntanyangga / Victoria Square.
The dedication of the Reconciliation Plaza flag poles to banners creating public awareness and celebration of Aboriginal Culture all year round underlines the firm commitment of City of Adelaide to reconciliation in our City.’
Aboriginal Attractions Guide
Council's Aboriginal Attractions Guide was developed to provide visitors to the City with an easy to use guide to Aboriginal art works and places of interest in the City.
A detailed Aboriginal Attractions Guide brochure is also available from the City of Adelaide Customer Service Centre (25 Pirie Street, Adelaide), the SA Museum, Tandanya (National Aboriginal Cultural Institute), the Rundle Mall Visitor Centre, Central Market and from Council's Library and Community Centres.
Aboriginal Employment Policy and Action Plan
Council's Aboriginal Employment Policy and Action Plan builds on Council's commitment to the employment of Aboriginal people. City of Adelaide is strongly committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal people employed across the organisation.
To Read about the staff stories and manager testimonies about the City of Adelaide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Program, refer to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff stories.
The Reconciliation Vision Statement of Council, its many reconciliation initiatives, and this Policy and associated Action Plan, recognise the richness of Aboriginal cultures and the unique skills and knowledge that Aboriginal staff bring to City of Adelaide and to the City. Through this Policy, Council demonstrates its commitment to the improvement of social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people through employment and development opportunities
Doris Graham Commemorative Plaque Artwork
Located in Elder Park near the Festival Centre Amphitheatre, the Doris Graham Commemorative Artwork honours the late Mrs Doris Graham, a significant Kaurna elder who worked tirelessly to promote reconciliation between Aboriginal and wider Australian communities. Mrs Graham is a signatory to Council's Reconciliation Vision Statement signed in 1997.
Council's Community Development Grants provides funding support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other groups and communities to convene reconciliation events and activities in the City. These include key celebrations like National Sorry Day, National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC, however funding is also aimed at initiating new and innovative reconciliation events in the City.
Aboriginal And Australian Flags - Interpretive Information
In May 2002, Council endorsed the permanent flying of the Aboriginal and Australian flags in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga. Now, the Aboriginal flag and the Australian flag fly permanently in the Square. Interpretive audio information has been installed on each flag pole to provide information about each of the flag's origins and their place in the history of Australia
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Events
Find out what upcoming events are being taking place in the city.
Hear audio pronunciations of Kaurna named Adelaide Park Lands, city features and buildings and other Kaurna words.
Cultural Links & Resources
Find out more about the different cultural organisations based both nationally and in South Australia.Back to Top