Welcome and acknowledgement of country
The Wallumedegal clan of the Darug Nation are the traditional custodians of the land that Macquarie University sits on.
Welcome to Country
The 'Welcome to Country' is conducted by a representative of the Darug nation, to welcome invited guests to their 'Country'. It always occurs as the first item on the agenda at an event, before a formal welcome speech or housekeeping announcements.
The 'Welcome' can be a single speech or welcoming song, a traditional dance, didgeridoo performance or a combination of any of the above.
To book a 'Welcome to Country', Fill in this form.
Acknowledgement of Country
This allows for the wider community to show respect for Aboriginal protocol. It can be spoken by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. The University requires that the Acknowledgement is spoken by the first speaker (typically the Master of Ceremonies) before a formal welcome speech or housekeeping announcements.
Macquarie University uses these wordings:
"I would like to begin by acknowledging the Darug people - the traditional custodians of this land. I would also like to pay my respects to the elders, both past and present, and extend that respect to other indigenous guests present."