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Acknowledgements in a virtual world.

We've been asked this question a lot lately - Should we do an Acknowledgement of Country at the start of a video or conference call?

The simple answer is yes - we're glad you asked!  
An Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for all participants in the meeting to pay their respects to Traditional Custodians, and we think it brings us all closer together as Australians.

Just as technology has allowed us to be together virtually, an Acknowledgement brings us together as a society and as a country. 

We have put together this guide to help you plan your upcoming meetings:
Option 1 - General Acknowledgement 
Although we are meeting virtually, we continue to Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians that have, for thousands of years,  walked upon and cared for the lands upon which we are all individually located.
 
We acknowledge the continued deep spiritual attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to this country and commit ourselves to the ongoing journey of reconciliation.
  

Option 2 – Specific locations and Language Groups 
(Individually acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the lands upon which each meeting participant is located):
 
Although we are meeting virtually, we continue to Acknowledge the Traditional Custodians that have, for thousands of years,  walked upon and cared for the lands upon which we are all individually located.
 
We respectfully acknowledge: The _____________ peoples in (location 1), the ____________peoples in (location 2),  the ________ peoples in (location 2) and so on 
 
We acknowledge each of these Nations and the continued deep spiritual attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to this country and we commit ourselves to the ongoing journey of reconciliation.   
Stay safe and follow the guidelines of your State and Territories and we will get through this!

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