Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week

Aboriginal painting - Reconciliation

Marni Ninna Budni ‘Welcome’.

The City of Tea Tree Gully is part of Kaurna Country ‘Kaurna Miyurna Yerta’ and recognises this City’s considerable natural and cultural heritage, including thousands of years of Traditional Custodianship by the Kaurna people.

We celebrate and raise awareness of First Nation culture during national dates of significance and throughout the year.

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation week, 27 May to 3 June, is a time for all Australians to explore how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation of our history. The 2024 theme is 'Now more than ever'

Reconciliation week events 


NAIDOC Week, 7 to 14 July, celebrates the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The 2024 theme is 'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud'

Sorry Day

Sorry Day, 26 May, is an annual national day of healing to commemorate the stolen generations. ABC Sorry Day video 

Learn about Kaurna culture

Places to visit in Tea Tree Gully

Bentley Reserve

At Bentley Reserve in Holden Hill, there is a scar tree and a native garden that has become a popular spot for the community and local schools to meet and learn about Kaurna heritage and native plants. 

Edinburgh Reserve

At Edinburgh Reserve in Modbury there is a woodcarving by Kaurna artist Alan Sumner.

Civic Park

The Reconciliation Feature Garden in Civic Park acknowledges the importance of First Nations history and the need for local reconciliation. The garden features an arbour depicting falling bark, log seating, forest-style planting and three ground-based art components.

Smart Road

Adorning the fences along Smart Road opposite Tea Tree Plaza, local Kaurna artist Paul Herzich crafted a series of panels featuring butterflies, emus and ibis to showcase our diverse local fauna and enrich public art in Modbury.  

Stevens Reserve

A meeting circle with an artwork representing a campfire in the centre is based at Stevens Reserve, Redwood Park. Local schools and community groups often visit this place to reflect on Kaurna heritage. 

Films and books

The Tea Tree Gully Library provides free access to streaming service Beamafilm to those with a library card. Embrace the spirit of reconciliation with Beamafilm's powerful watchlist of films that shed light on the experiences, struggles, and resilience of First Nations peoples. 

The Library also has a range of First Nations stories by First Nations authors available to borrow for free with your library card.

Films to watch

Books to read

Sign up for a library card 

Reconciliation videos

Tea Tree Gully Council hosted a round-table discussion with First Nation elders and community leaders in 2022. Watch the video series