Welcoming visitors to Country has been a part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures for thousands of years. You can make a Welcome to Country booking by clicking here.
Welcoming visitors to Country have been a part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures for thousands of years.
An ‘Acknowledgement of Country’
An Acknowledgment of Country is given by a non-Traditional Owner – usually at the beginning of a meeting or event where speeches and/or performances are given. It shows your awareness of and respect for the Larrakia People where your meeting or event is being held. And recognises the special connection that we, the Larrakia people, have to our Country.
There is no formalised wording. If given in the Darwin/Palmerston region, an Acknowledgement to Country could be something like:
“I would like to acknowledge that this meeting is being held on the traditional lands of the Larrakia people, and pay my respect to elders both past and present.”
But it is fine to make it more personal so is more meaningful to you and your audience.
Why are These Protocols Important?
A Welcome to or Acknowledgement of Country is an important recognition of the Larrakia people’s association with our land and our place as First Australians. Australia has no treaty with its Indigenous people. And, like many Indigenous communities, the Larrakia people have experienced significant imposed upheaval from our Country. But, despite this, we remain strongly connected to the Country of our ancestors. We are the traditional custodians of this land, Larrakia Land.