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First Nations

Today, there are over 500 First Nations clans across Australia, each with distinct cultures, languages, laws, and customs, making up 3.3% of the Australian population. 

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History

The 23rd World Congress is hosted at the International Convention Centre, Sydney which is located on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people.

Before colonisation, the Gadigal were hunter-fisher-gatherers that lived in a self-sustained system and were experts in wetland management of the bays and lagoons.

Despite a history of colonisation, dispossession, and massacre of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the Australian continent remains home to the oldest continuing culture in the world.

We pay our respects to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Cultural Tours

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the traditional custodians of Australia. The 23rd World Congress takes place on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people.

To learn more about their history, join a walking tour. These will be on offer as part of the Congress programme.

Contact us to register for a tour

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