Recognition of Noongar Boodjar Culture and History through Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country.

Purpose and objectives

The process of ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ recognises the unique position of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australian culture and history as the Traditional Owners of the land. It is important this unique position is recognised and incorporated as part of official protocol and events to enable the wider community to share in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage, facilitating better relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

The Policy reaffirms that the Whadjuk people from the Noongar nation are and always will be the Traditional Owners of the land upon which the City of Vincent is located. Noongar people have lived in harmony with the natural environment for tens of thousands of years and have a strong spiritual connection to country (Noongar Boodjar). The City acknowledges the significance of the Noongar land and water within Vincent and is committed to gaining kaartdijin (knowledge) and understanding of Noongar Boodjar to ensure we support Aboriginal people, culture and tradition along our journey towards greater reconciliation.

The purpose of this Policy is to ensure that the correct protocols are used by the City of Vincent for ‘Welcome to Country’ and ‘Acknowledgement of Country’.

Guidelines and protocols for external stakeholders

The guidelines and protocols for external stakeholders has been designed to provide guidance and direction to groups and organisations when planning and facilitating a Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country in the City of Vincent. 

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Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country - Guidelines and Protocols for External Stakeholders