Statement of Acknowledgement
The City of Casey proudly acknowledges the traditional owners, Casey's Aboriginal communities and their rich culture and pays respect to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia's first peoples and as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work and live.
Our Statement of Acknowledgement recognises that we value the unique status of Aboriginal peoples as the original owners and custodians of this land and waters. It is one step on the path to reconciliation.
Purpose of reconciliation
Reconciliation is about understanding the Aboriginal history of Australia. It also recognises the place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have in that history and in Australia today.
Learning about one another's histories, cultures and heritage is the first step in understanding and respecting each other.
For Aboriginal people, land has a profound spiritual value. Land is a source of life to which Aboriginal people belong by virtue of their birth into a region and group of people.
Using the Statement of Acknowledgement
This statement is used at Council meetings and civic and community functions as part of the welcome or opening.
The City of Casey encourages organisations, groups and people to consider using this Statement of Acknowledgement at formal occasions and as a mark of respect and step forward towards reconciliation for the Traditional Owners of this land.
Organisations are welcome to insert their name in place of ‘The City of Casey’ in the statement and have one of your dignitaries read the passage at the start of your occasion.