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Protocols

Acknowledgement of Country

An Acknowledgment of Country is a mark of respect to the Traditional Owners of the land and sea of Australia.

It is appropriate for the first speaker at University events or functions to give an Acknowledgement of Country.

Toowoomba campus version

In the spirit of reconciliation, the University of Southern Queensland recognises that it is situated on country for which the Jarowair [pron: Jarra-wah] and Giabal [pron: Guy-ar-bill] people have been custodians for many centuries and on which they have performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region and offer our deep appreciation for their contribution to, and support of, our academic enterprise.

Springfield campus version

In the spirit of reconciliation, the University of Southern Queensland recognises that it is situated on country for which the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul people have been custodians for many centuries and on which they have performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region and offer our deep appreciation for their contribution to, and support of, our academic enterprise.

Fraser Coast campus version

In the spirit of reconciliation, the University of Southern Queensland recognises that it is situated on country for which the Butchulla [pron: Bᶷt-cha-la] people have been custodians for many centuries and on which they have performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. We acknowledge their living culture and unique role in the life of this region and offer our deep appreciation for their contribution to, and support of, our academic enterprise.

Welcome to Country

A Welcome to Country is performed by an elder of the Traditional Owner group. It is important to ensure that the appropriate representative is invited to perform the ‘Welcome to Country’.

For further information on organising a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony please contact the College for Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies (CAIS).