Welcome to Country

Sydney New Years Eve

A ‘Welcome to Country’ is a practice that has taken place for thousands of years in Indigenous Australia, in which an Indigenous custodian or Elder from a particular traditional area in Australia welcomes people to their land through speech, ceremony or music.

A contemporary and high profile example of a Welcome to Country is Sydney New Year’s Eve.

A Welcome to Country is also common at more modest events such as conferences, school assemblies and launches.

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. Unlike a Welcome to Country, it can be performed by a non-Indigenous person.


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