Welcome to Country & Acknowledgement of Country
Acknowledgement of Country (by a non-aboriginal person)
An acknowledgement can be done by any person, in the absence of a traditional owner.
An Acknowledgement of Country is a way to acknowledge and pay respect to First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners and ongoing custodians of the land.
Standard Acknowledgement of Country
“I would like to acknowledge that this meeting is being held on the traditional lands of the (Gunditjmara, Jardwadjali and Boandik) people and pay my respect to Elders both past, present and future.”
Example Personalised Acknowledgement of Country
Glenelg Shire Council respectfully acknowledge the Gunditjmara, Boandik and Jardwadjali people, as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Glenelg Shire is located and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
We recognise their ongoing connection to Country and culture and commit to ongoing dialogue and actions that respects and honours the Elders and Ancestors of these lands and future generations
Anita Rank, Mayor Glenelg Shire Council
Welcome to Country
A Welcome to Country is always delivered by a local Traditional Owner or Elder who holds the authority and knowledge to share a welcome from a particular local region. This can be done through speech, dance, song or ceremony.
How to Organise a Welcome to Country
The Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Email: firstname.lastname@example.org