Acknowledging Country

Southern Cross University acknowledges the First Peoples on whose Lands our campuses are located.

Why Acknowledge Country?

An Acknowledgement of Country is a mark of respect that can be given by anyone and an important part of our Reconciliation process that we all have responsibility to foster through our teaching, research and community activities. Staff and students acknowledge local Indigenous communities at the start of functions, lectures, in-house training, workshops, conferences, seminars and meetings. Through an Acknowledgement we show awareness of and respect for the living cultures and spiritual connections to Country held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and provide a culturally safe environment for our students, staff and communities.

Simple Acknowledgement of Country

There are no set protocols or wording for an Acknowledgement of Country, though a simple statement may take the following form:

I acknowledge and pay respect to the ancestors and descendants of the Lands upon which we work, meet and study. I am mindful that within and without the concrete and steel of buildings, the Land always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.

Specific Acknowledgement of Country

The following wording provides a guide for specifically acknowledging people from local Aboriginal communities within the Southern Cross University footprint using the table below.

I acknowledge and pay respect to the _________ people of the ________ Nation on whose Land we work, meet and study. I recognise the significant role the past and future Elders play in the life of the University and the region. I am mindful that within and without the concrete and steel of buildings, the Land always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.

University campus location Peoples  (Clans) Language Group/Nation
Gold Coast, Airport Drive, Bilinga, QLD

 

Yugambeh 

Byron Bay, Ewingsdale Road, NSW

Arakwal Bundjalung

Lismore, Military Road, NSW

Widjabal Bundjalung
Coffs Harbour, Hogbin Drive, NSW   Gumbaynggirr
Sydney CBD, Philip Street, NSW Gadigal (or Cadigal) Eora (or Lyora)
Melbourne CBD, Little Collins Street, VIC Wurundjeri Kulin 
Perth CBD, Hay Street East Perth, WA Wadjak Noongar Boojar