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Welcome to Country & Acknowlegdment to Country -

Welcome to Country must be performed only by a traditional or recongnised elder from the Country that the delivery is coming from. An Acknowlegdment to Country can be delivered by anyone in community as long as protcol is followed and the acknowledgment is given the respect it deserves and is not said in a tokentistic way

Please be advised that we always suggest that you contact your local land council and ask for their recommendation first, as this will ensure more appropriate wording for your own country and land of which you work and live, that way you are also sure to have the correct name of the traditional owners and the correct pronuncitation (This is vital)

We have been given the approval to supply anyone that asks, a pdf document from Warla Ngurra Women's & Children's Refuge in New South Wales, if you would like a copy of this please email and we are happy to email you this document kindly supplied by the Warla Bgurra Women's & Children's Refuge at no cost to you.

Please be aware that an Acknowledgment to Country should never ever be said or spoken in a tokenistic way, a Welcome to Country should be spoken with the honour, respect and thought that such a formality of a culture that steeps in history and culture of 40,000 years deserves.

Although it is not preferable, a generic Acknowledgement of Country to ‘traditional custodians’ can be offered if there is uncertainty about the name of the particular custodial clan.

This should not be routine practice.

Acknowledgements of Country can be offered as a formal or informal statement.

In the following examples the clan names should be changed to take into account the context of where the statement is made.


Example 1:

“We/I acknowledge the Elders, families and descendants of the {Wurundjeri} people who have been and are the custodians of these lands.

We acknowledge that the land in which we meet was the place of age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal and that the local Aboriginal peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.”


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