Welcome to Country

21 March 2013

A Welcome to Country is a formal welcome onto Aboriginal land given by an elder or person of that land and is generally given at formal occasions where esteemed guests are present.

You should contact the local Aboriginal Land Council to organise a Welcome to Country. Payment is generally required. For a Welcome to Country at the Camperdown Campus, which is situated on Cadigal Land (part of the Eora Nation), please contact the Metropolitan Local Lands Council.

If the event is less formal, you can also give an Acknowledgement of Country, which can be given by any person, not necessarily an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

To give an Acknowledgement of Country, please use the following wording:

"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"