Swissôtel Sydney resides on ‘Gadigal Country’
Swissôtel Sydney colleagues and guests wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Gadigal People. The Swissôtel Sydney recognises and respects their continuing connection to land, waters and to their community. We pay respect to them and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present. Let us all value their ancient culture and respect their care and nurturing for their land, environment and its waterways.
The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their ancient culture have endured for tens of thousands of years. The Gadigal People of this land that the Swissôtel Sydney resides on, have always had both a physical and spiritual connect to their land, environment and to the waterways that provided life to them. As generations passed, these resilient proud people enjoyed a lifestyle that we can only aspire to.
Prior to colonisation in 1788, the Gadigal People spent days fishing and gathering seafood in Sydney’s beautiful harbour, while also hunting and gathering fresh foods that provided a healthy diet and a quality lifestyle. At night, clans would gather for ceremonies that provided connections to their creators, ancestors and to their culture. Tribes from all over Sydney would respect each other’s values and cultures while understanding that land and its waterways are to be shared and maintained for future generations. It’s this respect and understanding of the value of the land, environment and its water that the Aboriginal people were able to survive for such an incredible length of time. Let us all who journey to Gadigal Country, respect, protect and nurture the land, environment and water, so that generations from now have an opportunity to live in a beautiful and ancient place.
Always Was, Always Will Be….
Hero Image: Courtesy of Tyrown Waigana, a Noongar and Saibai Islander man from the NAIDOC Committee.
Learn more about NAIDOC at www.naidoc.org.au