Reconciliation

Onkaparinga River (Ngankipari) mouth

The name Onkaparinga comes from the traditional Aboriginal place name Ngankiparinga, meaning “women’s river place”.

We acknowledge the Kaurna Nation and its people as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land in the area now known as the City of Onkaparinga.

We recognise that the Kaurna living culture has developed over tens of thousands of years and that in today’s contemporary context, Kaurna and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (hereon referred to as First Nations peoples) are actively engaged in community life and bring their rich cultural heritage to the strong, vibrant communities we strive for.

We are mindful of Kaurna people’s spiritual connection with country when we make decisions about our region and that the protection of places of importance to Kaurna culture has an impact on the wellbeing and prosperity of Kaurna and other First Nations people.

We recognise our leadership responsibility to First Nations communities, local businesses and service agencies by actively engaging in a shared journey towards reconciliation.

Part of this journey of reconciliation with local Traditional Owners and wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is bringing a new mindfulness to how we reflect on the past. We acknowledge that heritage in the Onkaparinga region has many aspects, as we fulfil Council’s deep commitment to both its Aboriginal and European parts.

Council’s proud and active role in local reconciliation action involves embracing the long and rich Aboriginal cultural heritage of the region, while also continuing to celebrate and preserve the importance to our communities of more recent European history. This includes a recognition of the very different time scales involved and acknowledging that our built heritage is constructed and celebrated on traditional Aboriginal land.

We are committed to an authentic journey towards local truth and cultural storytelling, guided by Traditional Owners and other First Nations people. Our reconciliation aims will be furthered via working together on agreed ways of expressing our shared, bi-cultural history.