Original inhabitants

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The City of Canada Bay is part of the traditional lands of the Wangal clan, one of the 29 tribes of the Eora nation. The Wangal people inhabited what is now known as the City of Canada Bay for thousands of years prior to European settlement.  The Wangal people held a deep connection to the land and landscape of the City of Canada Bay, the bush lands and foreshore areas were their lands, their home and part of the territory they were responsible for. 

Traditionally, the lives of the Wangal people were strongly focused around the harbour and its foreshore.  The local area of Hen and Chicken Bay was traditionally a major meeting place for Aboriginal people from Port Jackson and the wider Sydney region and as such is a significant cultural and historical site within our City.  The Parramatta River, as it is now known, provided a large focus for local traditional food gathering, however the Wangal people also hunted animals, harvested plants and gathered raw materials in the local area. 

Today, some Aboriginal people living in the area may still have ties to the Wangal people and the Eora nation while others living in the City are likely to have ties with other parts of NSW and Australia.

Acknowledgement of country

The City of Canada Bay acknowledges the Wangal clan, one of 29 tribes of the Eora nation and the traditional custodians of this land. 

The City’s Council pays respect to elders past and present and extends this respect to all Aboriginal people living in or visiting the City of Canada Bay.  

Principles of Cooperation

On Thursday, 20 October 2011, the City of Canada Bay and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council gathered at Rodd Point to celebrate the signing of the Principles of Cooperation between the two organisations. 

The Principles of Cooperation signing was a significant occasion, which acknowledges the commitment made by each organisation to work together to achieve better outcomes to promote Aboriginal cultural heritage and, through our partnership projects, enrich the lives of the broader community. 

 
NAIDOC Week in Concord Library

In July 2019, the City of Canada Bay will be hosting an exhibition across its Five Dock and Concord libraries to celebrate First Nations public artwork throughout the City. Artist work includes:

  • Brook Andrew – In Motion
  • Jason Wing – Wangle Wall, Mullet trap and the rainbow Serpent
  • Joe Hurst – Five Senses Garden

See What's on for more information on a range of creative children’s workshops also available during NAIDOC week.