Welcome to Country
Welcome to Country is an important traditional Aboriginal cultural practice conducted before official meetings, events or activities, where an Aboriginal person welcomes the community to their country.
A welcome to country is a way of reminding visitors to the area that Indigenous people are part of Australia's past and present.
Welcome to Country can be conducted only by an approved Aboriginal representative of the country in which the event is being held. If an Aboriginal representative is not available, an Acknowledgement to Country should be conducted. This can be performed by a senior person from the organisation hosting the event.
It is protocol that if a Welcome or Acknowledgement to Country is already performed, the senior person from the organisation should also conduct an Acknowledgement to Country. This demonstrates respect to the traditional custodians of the land in which the activity is being held.
The suggested text and dialogue to conduct an Acknowledgement to Country in Fairfield City is: "Before we begin proceedings, we would like to acknowledge the Cabrogal of the Darug Nation who are the Traditional Custodians of this land we are meeting on today. We also pay our respect to the elders, past and present, of the Darug Nation".