The traditional custodians of the land of the Casino area, or Djanangmum as it is known to Aboriginal people, are Galibal. The area known today as the Northern Rivers was occupied by the Bundjalung-speaking peoples, made up of an estimated 20 different language groups.
Council recognises the people of the Bundjalung Nation as custodians and traditional owners of this land, and values and appreciates the continuing cultural connection to lands, the living culture and unique role in the life of this region. Council prioritises a strong relationship with the local Aboriginal community; collaborating on a range of projects.
Aboriginal interagency meeting
This is a collaborative forum for Aboriginal community organisations and service providers working with Aboriginal community members to network, share information, and work together on events. Approximately five meetings are held annually.
For more information and meeting dates please contact Council on 02 6660 0300.
Aboriginal community organisations
- Junbung Elders Aboriginal Corporation – phone 02 6662 5783
- Bogal Local Aboriginal Land Council – phone 02 6683 2410
- Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation – phone 02 6662 3514
- Buyinbin Aboriginal Corporation and Jambama Art Gallery – phone 02 6662 5783
- Casino Boolangle Local Aboriginal Land Council – phone 02 6662 6286
- Kurrachee Co-operative – phone 02 6683 2410
National Reconciliation Week recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture in Australia and fosters reconciliation discussion and activities. It is held between 27 May and 3 June each year, with Council supporting Reconciliation Week events hosted by local Aboriginal community groups. For more information about the significance of Reconciliation Week, please click here.
The Richmond Valley Black and White Ball for Reconciliation Week is back for 2021 and will be held on Thursday June 3 at the Casino RSM Club. The ball is a community event which recognises the achievements of individuals who commit to advancing reconciliation in the Richmond Valley. One of the highlights of the ball is the Reconciliation Awards. Nominations are now open with the following six categories;
- Reconciliation in Education student or employee
- Reconciliation in Business – organisation
- Reconciliation in Sport – club and individual
- Reconciliation in Community – organisation and individual.
If you need help with the nomination form, assistance is available at Casino Neighbourhood Centre, Boolangle Land Council and Casino, Coraki and Evans Head libraries.
Click here to nominate today.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to promote the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Council celebrates NAIDOC Week in partnership with the local Aboriginal community, with information on events and activities available from mid-June. For more information about NAIDOC Week, please click here.