Acknowledgement of Country

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as Canberra's first inhabitants and Traditional Custodians.

We recognise the special relationship and connection that Ngunnawal peoples have with this Country.

Prior to the dislocation of Ngunnawal people from their land, they were a thriving people whose life and culture was connected unequivocally to this land in a way that only they understand and know, and is core to their physical and spiritual being. The disconnection of the Ngunnawal people from Culture and Country has had long-lasting, profound and ongoing health and well-being effects on their life, cultural practices, families and continuation of their law/lore.

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate acknowledges the historic dispossession of the Ngunnawal people of Canberra and its surrounding regions. We recognise the significant contribution the Ngunnawal people and neighbouring Nations - the Ngambri, Ngarigo, Wolgalu, Gundungurra, Yuin and Wiradjuri - have played in caring for Country. For thousands of years these Nations have maintained a tangible and intangible cultural, social, environmental, spiritual and economic connection to these lands and waters.