Our Indigenous heritage

Aboriginal people have lived in the region now known as the Australian Capital Territory for tens of thousands of years. The European colonisation of Australia disrupted Aboriginal traditional land use and has constrained the association of Aboriginal people with land. The ACT and wider region is still occupied by descendents of the Aboriginal people who lived in this area and places of Aboriginal cultural heritage provide tangible reminders of their traditional land use.

The relationship of Aboriginal people to the lands of the ACT and the significance of the cultural heritage places that demonstrate traditional Aboriginal land use, to the Aboriginal and wider community is recognised. The Ngunnawal people are acknowledged as the traditional owners of this land.