Acknowledgement and welcome to country

Background

An Acknowledgment of Country recognises that the gathering is on Aboriginal land; pays respect to Traditional Custodians, particularly Elders past, present and future, and to Aboriginal people in attendance.

It is especially appropriate to deliver one at significant / large meetings.

It is usually delivered as part of a welcome.

The words to deliver an acknowledgement of Country

I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and pay respects to their elders past, present and future.  I would like to extend that respect to Aboriginal peoples present today.

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