Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country

There is often some confusion about the difference between a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgement of Country.

What is the difference between a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgement of Country?
A Welcome to Country is a formal welcome onto Aboriginal Land given by an elder or person of that land.

An Acknowledgement of Country is a statement of recognition of the traditional owners of the land. An Acknowledgement of Country can be given by any person, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Welcome to Country -
The Main Campus of the University of Sydney is situated on Cadigal Land (part of the Eora Nation of the Sydney Basin). There are no Cadigal peoples working in the Koori Centre so you will need to contact your local Aboriginal Land Council to organise this option. The closest Local Aboriginal Lands Council to the Koori Centre is the Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council.
For a listing of other Local Aboriginal Land Council locations and their contact details please click this link:http://www.alc.org.au/media/28807/LALC%20Contact%20List%201%2012%2009.pdf.


Acknowledgement of Country -
If you would like to give an Acknowledgement to Country yourself the wording is available below –

Before we begin the proceedings, I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet – (the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation). It is upon their ancestral lands that the University of Sydney is built.

As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning, and research practices within this University may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.

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