Su­bi­aco gives wel­come

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

CITY of Su­bi­aco has be­come the first coun­cil in the western sub­urbs to ac­knowl­edge tra­di­tional landown­ers at their meet­ings.

Mayor Heather Hen­der­son gave the in­au­gu­ral ac­knowl­edg­ment at Tues­day night’s spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing.

She said the City had re­cently in­tro­duced guide­lines for recog­nis­ing Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lander peo­ple and coun­try.

“Ac­knowl­edge­ment of Coun­try at City of Su­bi­aco events, in­clud­ing coun­cil meet­ings, pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the Wha­juk Noon­gar peo­ple as the tra­di­tional cus­to­di­ans of the area and ac­knowl­edge their con­tin­u­ing cul­tural con­nec­tion,” she said

“The guides were de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with the South West Abo­rig­i­nal Land and Sea Coun­cil.”

Wad­jak North­side Abo­rig­i­nal Com­mu­nity Group chair Len Yar­ran said it was a great step to­wards rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

“I com­mend Su­bi­aco coun­cil for tak­ing this step and in­volv­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“By tak­ing this step they are help­ing to build a bet­ter fu­ture for all Aus­tralians. It is a gen­er­a­tional move, which in 10 years will pos­i­tively change the re­la­tion­ship be­tween in­dige­nous and non­indige­nous Aus­tralians.”

He en­cour­aged other coun­cils to fol­low Su­bi­aco’s lead, to en­cour­age rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and un­der­stand­ing.

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