A Welcome to Country is normally performed by an Elder of the local Indigenous language group.
An Acknowledgment of Country can be performed in the absence of an indigenous representative. While there is no prescriptive Acknowledgment of Country protocol appropriate for all communities, contexts or geographical locations, here are some easy to understand guidelines.
Acknowledgement of Country (performed by a non- aboriginal person)
Here in (insert name of place, location, suburb) we gather on Country on which members and Elders of the local Indigenous community and their forebears have been custodians for many centuries and on which Aboriginal people have performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of the region.
I would like to show my respect and acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land, of Elders past and present, on which this meeting takes place.
I would like to acknowledge the (insert name here) people who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. I would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the (insert name here) Nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginals present.
It is acceptable to read the above from notes though it is preferable to say them without prompts.
You might also like …
Museums & Galleries of NSW, Fact sheet: Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country