The Town of Gawler acknowledges that the Kaurna people are the traditional custodians of Adelaide and the Adelaide Plains, including the land that is now the Town of Gawler. We respect their spiritual relationship with their country and also acknowledge that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.
For more than 40 000 years
the Kaurna people have occupied the land of the Adelaide and Adelaide Plains
region. Linked by a spiritual connection to the land, Kaurna knowledge and
history has been handed from generation to generation through Songlines.
Songlines are intricate
maps of land, sea and country that describe travel and trade routes, the
location of waterholes and the presence of food. Aboriginal language groups are
connected through the sharing of Songlines that have been passed down for
thousands of years and are central to the existence of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people. They are imperative to the preservation of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices.
A map of Kaurna Country
can be found Here
The Town of Gawler
continues to support and implement a range of initiatives to recognise and
acknowledge the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
make to the community.
Our vision for
reconciliation is about building respect, understanding and dialogue between
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, with a focus on creating environments
where interactions and meaningful relationships can occur.