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                      Welcome to Country

                      Deakin is committed to acknowledging, building and sustaining respect and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.?Our vision is for a university that values and celebrates diversity – where all students have respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, culture and values. At Deakin, we see this as a University-wide responsibility.

                      What is a Welcome to Country?

                      A Welcome to Country ceremony is performed by Aboriginal Traditional Owners for people visiting their country.  These ceremonies vary from speeches of welcome to traditional dance and smoking ceremonies.

                      When is a Welcome to Country appropriate?

                      It's suggested that a welcoming ceremony be arranged for major public forums and functions. Naturally if the function has broad impact on, or significance for, Aboriginal people, a welcoming ceremony will be appropriate.

                      Can any Aboriginal person perform a Welcome to Country?

                      No, a Welcome to Country should only be performed by a representative of the Traditional Owner group. Asking an Aboriginal person to perform a Welcome to Country when they do not belong to the Traditional Owner group may cause them embarrassment and may offend the Traditional Owners.

                      How do I organise a Welcome to Country?

                      If your event or function is in a part of Victoria with a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP), you should contact the RAP to arrange the Welcome to Country. Contact details can be found in the Table of Registered Aboriginal Parties.

                      Learn more at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet website

                      What is an Acknowledgement of Country?

                      An Acknowledgement of Country recognises the traditional ownership of the lands upon which an event is held. An Acknowledgement of Country may be expressed by a person who is not an Indigenous Australian.

                      Wherever possible, your ceremony, forum or public event should include a Welcome to Country. Where this is not possible, your event should include an Indigenous Acknowledgement. The location of the event will determine the acknowledgement used, as it will address the particular traditional owners of those lands.

                      Below are the acknowledgements to be used for each of Deakin’s campus locations. If you are holding a function via videoconferencing, please use the acknowledgement for the area on which the function is chaired.

                      Warrnambool

                      I wish to begin by acknowledging the Gunditjmara (‘goon-ditch-mara’) people, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are gathered today. We pay our respects to the local people for allowing us to have our gathering on their land and to their Elders: past, present and future.

                      Geelong

                      I wish to begin by acknowledging the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin nations, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are gathered today. We pay our respects to the local people for allowing us to have our gathering on their land and to their Elders: past, present and future.

                      Melbourne

                      I wish to begin by acknowledging the Wurundjeri (‘were-un-juri’) people of the Kulin nations, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are gathered today. We pay our respects to the local people for allowing us to have our gathering on their land and to their Elders: past, present and future.

                      Deakin Downtown

                      I wish to begin by acknowledging the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nations, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we are gathered today. We pay our respects to the local people for allowing us to have our gathering on their land and to their Elders: past, present and future.

                      Cloud Campus

                      Deakin would like to Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our Deakin University campuses reside. The Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation on whose land our Geelong campuses are located, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation on whose land our Burwood campus is located and the Gunditjmara people on whose land our Warrnambool campus is located.

                      I also pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who join us at Deakin University and will always be mindful and respectful that our First Nations people are the Traditional Custodians of this country.

                      Contact us

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                      1800 063 383
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                      NIKERI Institute
                      Deakin University
                      75 Pigdons Rd
                      Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216

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