3.9 Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country
A Welcome to Country or Acknowledgement of Country should be undertaken at all official events. There may be exceptions, so please consult the office of First Peoples and Equity Pathways on your campus. Incorporating the Welcome and Acknowledgement protocols recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and custodians of their land. It promotes an awareness of the past and ongoing connection to place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The Welcome to Country is to be conducted ONLY by an Elder or an Aboriginal community person who belongs to the recognised traditional owner group on which the campus or function is located. If a Welcome to Country ceremony cannot be undertaken, then an Acknowledgement of Country is to be conducted.
An Acknowledgement of Country is how ACU can show respect for the Aboriginal culture. It is preferred that an Aboriginal community Elder or person, such a as a member of ACU staff, undertake the Acknowledgement of Country. In their absence, a Chair, speaker, Master of Ceremonies or other can begin the meeting or function by acknowledging that the event is taking place on the lands of the Traditional Owners.