a Welcome to Country or an Acknowledgement of Country acknowledges the
traditional custodians of the land and shows respect for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people as Australia's First Peoples.
A Welcome to Country is where traditional Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custodian or Elder welcomes people to their land.
further information regarding Welcome to Country download an information sheet or the Protocols
for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Traditional Ownership
Welcome to Country.
To download a copy of the Principals Australia Acknowledgement of Country Postcard click here.
Some general advice is provided here to serve as a starting point for thinking and discussion on 'cultural protocols'
Some useful publications to read Communicating positively: A guide to appropriate Aboriginal terminology A
booklet developed by NSW Health to provide background and guidance on
appropriate word usage when working with Aboriginal people and
communities, and when developing policy and programs to improve health
outcomes for Aboriginal people. The use of accurate and non-offensive
language is an essential component of Aboriginal cultural respect and
communication training. For further information and to download a copy of the booklet click here.
Reconciliation in Action: Protocols for working effectively with local
Indigenous familes and communities has been developed by the
Association of Independent Schools of SA (AISSA). Download a copy here.
Whitefella Culture This is a book about culture, about
whitefella culture and about Aboriginal culture. Culture is more than
songs, paintings and ceremonies. It is more than houses, clothes and
tools. Culture is the way we think, the way we act, the way we feel
To order a copy contact:
Big Kangaroo Books
79 Todd Mall, Alice Springs NT 0870
Telephone: 08 8953 2137
Across Australia there are many gatherings and festivals which celebrate the richness and diversity of Indigenous cultures. They are held in all states and territories and often focus on the cultures of the local peoples.
Click here to go to the Cultural Experiences Archive