In the spirit of Reconciliation, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands in which our Diocese sits, the land of the Darug and Gundungurra people.
We would like to pay our respects to the Aboriginal Elders past, present and future for they hold the traditions, memories and wisdom of Mother Earth on which we place our feet upon today.
Our schools sit on both Darug and Gandangara land
This Welcome to Country video is performed by Aboriginal Elder Uncle Greg Simms, who belongs to the Gadigal (whale people) of the Dharug nation. The yidaki (didgeridoo) is played by Gumaroy Newman.
Acknowledgement of Country Plaque
The artwork is an interpretation of an Acknowledgement of Country in paint form.
Each colour has a specific meaning and are all natural colours traditionally used by Aboriginal people.
- The top section pays respect to the land; the blue represents water, which is vital for life.
- The yellow and brown represent the land.
- The different sized dots represent the ochre rocks, which were traditionally used to create paint.
- The footprints are a reminder to always walk on country with respect and be mindful of the steps you are taking.
- The circle with the ‘U’ shaped symbol is a meeting place, which symbolises the Catholic Diocese and Aboriginal community working together as one.
- The footprints at the bottom pay respect to the Elders and the people that have gone before us. The three white dots also pay respect to all Elders, past, present and future.
Aboriginal Education Assistant and Biripi Artist.