Acknowledgement of country

We recognise that Flinders operates on Indigenous peoples’ traditional lands and waters and acknowledge their continued responsibility to care for country at the University’s various teaching locations, including the lands and waters of the following peoples: Kaurna, Arrernte, Boandik, Bungarla, Gunditjmara, Jawoyn, Larrakia, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Peramangk, Wurundjeri, Yolgnu.

Protocols for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country

What is a Welcome to Country?

A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people to welcome visitors to their traditional land. It can take many forms, depending on the particular culture of the traditional owners. It can include singing, dancing, smoking ceremonies or a speech in traditional language or English.


What is an Acknowledgment of Country?

An Acknowledgment of Country is a way of showing awareness of, and respect for, the traditional Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander owners of the land on which a meeting or event is being held, and of recognising the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to their Country.

An Acknowledgment of Country can be informal or formal and involves visitors acknowledging the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander owners of the land as well as the long and continuing relationship between Indigenous peoples and their Country.  At a meeting, speech or formal occasion the speaker can begin their proceedings by offering an Acknowledgement of Country.  Unlike a Welcome to Country, it can be performed by a non-Indigenous person.


Further information is available from Reconciliation SA or Reconciliation Australia

Source:  Reconciliation Australia Fact Sheet


Kaurna Register - The Port Adelaide Enfield Kaurna register is a key contact list of Kaurna people who provide a Welcome to Country service.