NRW: Acknowledgement of Country & Welcome to Country

An Acknowledgment of Country is an opportunity to acknowledge, and pay respect, to the Traditional Owners and ongoing custodians of the land – The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
An Acknowledgment can be made my anyone, Indigenous or non-Indigenous, and is often conducted at the commencement of an event (meeting, speech or formal occasion).
On the other hand, a Welcome to Country is undertaken by a Traditional Owners, custodian, or Elder for a particular local region. This can be done through speech, dance, song or ceremony.
It is important that Acknowledgment of Country and Welcome to Country continues, as it promotes awareness of the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples. They also recognise that Australian land is the land of the first custodians and by creating awareness, Australians can work towards a more united Australia that embraces its First Nations peoples.
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