Acknowledgement of traditional owners

"Cardinia Shire Council acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Bunurong and Wurundjeri people." 

When Council is not the host organisation, but where Aboriginal acknowledgement is considered respectful (for example where Aboriginal issues are topical or Aboriginal persons are present) or where the site of a meeting rests outside Cardinia Shire boundaries, the statement may be altered to:

"Cardinia Shire respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of this land."

The Statement of Acknowledgement used at Council functions is a show of respect for local Aboriginal people and acknowledging the culture and ongoing relationship of traditional people to the land and sea of an area.

It is a symbolic gesture that forms part of the ongoing reconciliation process, and it is used at official Council events including citizenship ceremonies, monthly Council meetings and other formal occasions hosted by Council.

The acknowledgement is to be used at the beginning of all civic functions.

Note: This statement is currently under review.

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