I am honoured to be on the ancestral lands of the D'harawal people. I acknowledge the First Australians as the traditional custodians of the continent, whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history. I pay respect to the Elders of the community and extend my recognition to their descendants.
All people can perform 'Acknowledgement of Country'. It is an opportunity for anyone to show respect for Australia’s Traditional Owners, and the continuing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to the land, sea, sky and waterways- where the event, meeting, school function, conference, party, bushwalk and so on takes place. It can also be formal or informal.
Acknowledgements of country and traditional owners are something that decent non-Indigenous people give, not because they feel pushed into it but because they believe it is the right thing to do.— (Koori Mail editorial Not welcome here, Wilson', Koori Mail 472 p.20).
[Acknowledgement of Country] says to the world, and more importantly to ourselves, that we accept the fact we are in a place that has a history and story far beyond 220 years. It says to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fellow Australians that we are all in the future journey of our country together.— (Richard Wynne, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Victoria Your Say, Koori Mail 472 p.23).
For more information I encourage you to visit Welcome to Country & Acknowledgement of Country - Creative Spirits, retrieved from https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/spirituality/welcome-to-country-acknowledgement-of-country
And @commongroundaustralia https://www.commonground.org.au/learn/acknowledgement-of-country
And to speak with Traditional Knowledge Holders in your community.
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