Reconciliation

Reconciliation is about building relationships, understanding and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the wider Australian community.

What is 'Conciliation'?

For the Kaurna people, 'conciliation' is a more appropriate term than 'reconciliation'.

Conciliation is a process which involves Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people walking together for the first time as genuinely equal partners in a shared future. 

If you would like to find out more about reconciliation, the Reconciliation Australia website or the ANTaR website (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) are good places to start.

The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre is another wonderful resource. Over eons of time, the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains have gathered at Warriparinga. The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre was built here to ensure that Kaurna culture, and the Dreaming Story of the Land, is passed on from generation to generation.

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Reconciliation Action Plan

The City of Marion Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2019(7233 kb) (RAP) was developed by a steering group of people from across the organisation with Elected Member representation and members of the local indigenous community.

It is a plan of significant, tangible and meaningful actions that the organisation can achieve together to promote conciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The 2016-2019 RAP was fully endorsed by Council and by Reconciliation Australia on whose templates the RAP has been based. The actions in the RAP are based around the themes of Respect for Culture, Strengthening Relationships, and increasing Opportunities.

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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is an annual celebration and is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories, contributions and achievements.

The week is framed by two key events in Australia's history which provide strong symbols of the aspirations for reconciliation.

May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia's most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation's history. The 1967 Referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

On 3 June 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognised that Indigenous people had a special relationship to the land that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for Indigenous land rights called Native Title.

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Contact details

Cultural Development Officer
Phone: 8375 6600
Email: council@marion.sa.gov.au

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