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 is a national event, which celebrates the contributions, achievements, talents and skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities. NAIDOC Week is held annually in the first full week of July.  It is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate Australian indigenous culture, the world's oldest continuing culture, and its survival.

NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is now an initiative of the National NAIDOC Committee and supported by the Australian Government. Local events are held around the country throughout NAIDOC Week offering access to a diverse range of activities, which recognise and support local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.    

City of Canada Bay - NAIDOC Week 2015 

Inner West NAIDOC Festival 2015
When: Tuesday, 7 July 2015, 10am to 3pm
Where: Steele Park, Marrickville 

Come along and join the fun for the whole family at this year's NAIDOC Week event! There will be the Magic Yellow Bus, Animal farm, sports activities, free BBQ lunch, Aboriginal Elders Tent, and live entertainment by popular Aboriginal artists all day. 

Free transport is available by Ereama Home Care for Aboriginal Elders and carers to and from City of Canada Bay areas. Transport bookings can be made by calling 9798 3077. For more information, please download the 2015 NAIDOC Week Flyer below.

School Initiative Competitions

As part of NAIDOC Week 2015, we are supporting the School Initiative Competitions which aim to encourage greater understanding of the importance of friendship and cultural diversity.   

The colouring-in/short story competition open to all primary school students and a creative essay writing competition open to all secondary students. To enter the colouring competition, please download the colouring sheet below.

Competition closes 27 June 2015. For more information speak to your school or call 8088 0791.   

Taronga Zoomobile - Animals of the Dreaming 

When: Thursday, 9 July at 10 to 11am 
Where: Concord Library  

Combining two fascinating aspects of Australia - native animals and Dreamtime stories  - delivered by a Zoo Education Officer and an Indigenous Zoo Staff member, who will weave Dreamtime stories through the presentation. For more information please contact the Children's Librarian at 9911 6348.

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