Hunter Commitment to Indigenous Australians

Category: Event
Date: 14 December 1993
Sub Category:Statement of Commitment/Intention
Place:Port Stephens, east coast of New South Wales
State/Country:New South Wales, Australia
Subject Matter:Reconciliation | Local Government
Summary Information:
The Hunter Commitment to Indigenous Australians was signed by the Port Stephens Council and representatives of the Worimi traditional owners on 14 December 1993.
Detailed Information:
The Commitment states: We acknowledge that Indigenous Australians are the first people of this land and have survived over two centuries of persecution. We grieve for the loss of Australian Indigenous people, their land, their children, their health, their lives. We grieve over the high rate of imprisonment and the many Black deaths in custody. We acknowledge the right of Indigenous Australians to live according to their own values and customs. We undertake to make ourselves better informed of the facts of non-Indigenous settlement of Australia. We promise to listen to what Indigenous Australians are saying to us and to think about what it must be like to live with racism every day. We shall interrupt racist remarks and jokes whenever we are in a position to do so. We commit ourselves to respecting Aboriginal sacred sites and special places in the Hunter Region. We recognise the vital contributions of Indigenous people to the Hunter Region and we look forward to a future of mutual respect and harmony. We support Indigenous and non-Indigenous people working together for a treaty or other instrument of reconciliation.

Related Entries

  • Port Stephens Council - Signatory
  • People
  • Worimi People

  • Glossary

    Statement of Commitment/Intention (Australia)