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Reconciliation

Reconciliation is about recognising and respecting Aboriginal people as the original owners of this land and waters, and 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, visit the Reconciliation Australia website or the Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation for more information..

The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre is located at Warriparinga and offers Aboriginal and environmental education programs, events and performances. The venue is also available for hire for meetings, training days, events, and workshops another wonderful resource.

Warriparinga is an important cultural heritage site where Aboriginal and early European heritage sit side by side. For the Kaurna People of the Adelaide plains, this site is traditional ceremonial meeting place sill used today. Warriparinga is an important part of the Tjirbruke Dreaming.

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.

Reconciliation Week Events

Our Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week Event Program is out for 2018. Pick up a copy to find out about all of the activities and events we have planned across the City of Marion including art exhibitions, Indigenous film screenings, free weaving and Aboriginal art workshops, community events at our Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and much more!

Download the Reconciliation Week Event Program

Reconciliation Action Plan

The City of Marion Reconciliation Action Plan 2016-2019 (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.

Download the Reconciliation Action Plan

Significant Dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

There are a number of other times throughout the year that mark significant dates for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. City of Marion celebrates these dates through different events and programs. See the What’s On Calendar  for events and programs.

The significant dates are:

  1. 13 February Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generation
  2. 19 March Close the Gap Day
  3. 26 May National Sorry Day
  4. 27 May – 3 June National Reconciliation Week (see above)
  5. 3 June MABO Day
  6. July NAIDOC Week
  7. 4 August National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

Contact details

Cultural Development Officer