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Aboriginal Community in Knox

Aboriginal performance at Knox Civic Centre

Knox has the second largest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Melbourne's Eastern Metropolitan Region. The 2011 Census has identified an increase in the Aboriginal population living in the City of Knox from 482 in 2006 to 544 people. This shows an increase of 13%. However, it should be noted due to historical underpointing, it is likely that there is a significantly higher number in this population group. Fifty-five percent of Knox's Aboriginal population are under the age of 25; this equates to 303 people.

Current Aboriginal reconciliation measures

Knox City Council has a long history of progressing Aboriginal reconciliation in practical and symbolic ways. One of the key ways Council has supported reconciliation has been through a number of initiatives over many years including:

  • The endorsement of the Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners Policy;
  • The annual Sorry Day celebrations held on 26 May;
  • Permanently flying the Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait Islander flag on Sorry Day;
  • NAIDOC Week celebrations held in first week of July;
  • Installation of an acknowledgement plaque at the Civic Centre and on the gateway signage;
  • Representation on the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR) Aboriginal Partnerships Groups; and
  • Community Gathering Event held in May 2012 for local Aboriginal people.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

Prior to Council meetings, Civic Events and in important Council documents, the traditional owners of the land are acknowledged. The purpose of this is to promote greater community awareness regarding our Aboriginal history and to demonstrate leadership by formally acknowledging our Aboriginal history in the spirit of reconciliation.

Knox City Council acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people and pay our respects to elders both past and present.

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