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Aboriginal Community

Griffith has a vibrant Aboriginal community and Council fosters strong and positive links with the local community.

Griffith is located in the heart of the Wiradjuri Nation – the largest nation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSIC) people in Australia.
 
Griffith City Council recognises Aboriginal people in the history and growth of Griffith and its surrounding villages. As such, Council acknowledges the Wiradjuri people as the traditional owners of the land and pays respect to Wiradjuri Elders past, present and future, and respects Wiradjuri cultures and traditions and connection to the Land. 
 

NAIDOC WEEK 2018 - Because Of Her We Can speech delivered by Elder Aunty Judy Johnson
 

About the Aboriginal Community

In the 2011 Census, there were 24,364 people in Griffith with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people making up 4.1% of the population.

The Griffith Aboriginal Community Working Party is the peak ATSIC representative forum for the Griffith ATSIC community. It advocates for the interest of the community, maintains strategic oversight of community development, and negotiates improvement in service delivery and coordination on behalf of the community.

Council acknowledges the Aboriginal Social Action Plan, which is currently under review. The Plan adds much value to the scope and content of the Community Strategic Plan, guiding griffith 2040, and clearly captures the needs, aspirations and values of the Griffith ATSIC community. The alignment of the two plans represents a new direction and ongoing collaboration between the Griffith City Council and Griffith Aboriginal Community. Through our planning and collaborative effort we pledge to work cohesively to meeting the needs of the ATSIC community in Griffith - part of Wiradjuri  country.

Aboriginal Heritage

The Griffith Aboriginal Lands Council play a significant role in identifying and preserving the Aboriginal heritage and culture of this area, as well as managing the Aborignal Land Claims in the area. 

Griffith is located in the heart of the Wiradjuri nation, and many members of our community are Wiradjuri people. Many originate from surrounding areas such as Narrandera and Darlington Point. Our community also includes people who are descended from other language groups such as Yota Yota people, Ngiyampaa people and Paakantji people.

Statement of Commitment

Griffith City Council is committed to:

  • participating in processes which enhance the understanding and awareness of indigenous heritage and preserves and presents that heritage in a sensitive and dignified manner;
  • encouraging indigenous and non-indigenous Australians to work together for a just, harmonious and progressive society;
  • adopting and promoting policies and programmes which are non-discriminatory and which recognise the needs of our indigenous community, and
  • being representative of all members of our community in ensuring that the principles and commitments of this statement are upheld.

Griffith Aborginal Community Working Party and the NSW Police & Community Committee

The Griffith Aborginal Community Working Party meet at Griffith City Council on the last Tuesday of each month at 10.30am. Should you wish to be included or present a program to the Working Party, please contact Peta Dummett on the email or telephone number below. 
 
The NSW Police & Community Committee meet at Griffith City Council quarterly. Please contact the Community Engagement Officer at the Local Area Command on 6969 4299 for more information. 


Significant Dates

26 January  Survival Day
February  Anniversary of the Apology
13 March National Close the Gap Day

26 May

National Sorry Day commemorates the history of forcible removals of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander children from their families and placing them in care by non-Indigenous foster parents (the Stolen Generation). Its complementary name is Journey of Healing Day.

Last week in May

National Reconciliation Week promotes reconciliation between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of Australia.

May/June National Reconcilliation Week
3 June Mabo Day

2 - 9 July

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Week otherwise known as NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week, has been celebrated since 1975 as a sign of remembrance of Aboriginal people and heritage.

9 July

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day is celebrated as part of NAIDOC Week.

4 August International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 

9 August

International Day for the World's Indigenous People draws attention to the poverty suffered by many of the world's 350 million Indigenous people.

Resources

Draft Griffith City Council Aboriginal Cultural Protocols
Aboriginal Social Action Plan

Links

NSW Aborginal Lands Council 
NSW Education - Aboriginal Affairs