The Kaurna People have had a deep and spiritual connection with land and waters of the bird sanctuary for thousands of years and are the recognised Traditional Owners of the Adelaide Plains. Through their deep understanding of the land, strong commitment to reconciliation and caring for their Country, Kaurna People are actively leading in the establishment of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.
Kaurna knowledge is integral to the planning, establishment and management of the bird sanctuary. Their vision is to ‘Bring Meaningful Reconciliation of the Past–Present–Future’ through supporting the recognition of the Kaurna identity to be strong, self-sufficient and a healthy sustainable Kaurna Nation for the Kaurna People. Their vision will support Kaurna participating in the wider economy and social life of the Adelaide Plains, while protecting Kaurna heritage.
The landscape of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary – its water, plants, animals and special places – are a part of Kaurna culture. Understanding this and working together for shared access to Country will help to strengthen respect for Kaurna culture, and support the Kaurna People in their aspirations for the future. Meaningful engagement with Kaurna Elders has unearthed numerous possibilities for the bird sanctuary and will continue to underpin its future success.