An Acknowledgement of Country is a way of showing awareness of and respect for the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land on which the meeting or event is being held, and of recognising the continuing connection of Aboriginal people to their Country. Unlike a Welcome to Country, a non-Aboriginal person can perform an Acknowledgement of Country.

 

Incorporating a Welcome to Country or Acknowledgement of Country into meetings and events recognises Aboriginal people as the first people of the country, promotes awareness of the history and culture of Aboriginal people and acknowledges past and ongoing connection to the land.

 

The department maintains a list of organisations and individuals that are able to provide advice on who would be appropriate to perform a Welcome in various areas throughout the State. If you wish to access this list, or would like to suggest a contact to be included, please get in touch with the Inclusion Team at

9492 9700 or inclusion@dsr.wa.gov.au