Over recent years, organisations, government agencies and businesses have implemented protocols to recognise and pay respects to the original inhabitants of Australia, in accordance with the ongoing reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Within Australia, there are two traditional widespread protocols used:
- An Acknowledgment Of Country, which is used by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous speakers to pay respects.
- A Welcome To Country, which is used only by direct descendants of the original Indigenous inhabitants, usually an Elder, to welcome visitors to his/her traditional lands (‘country’).
The following information about the traditional custodians of Gold Coast Country was taken from the Yugambeh Museum Language & Research Centre.
“The Yugambeh language people are the traditional custodians of the land located in south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales, now within the Logan City, Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, and Tweed City regions whose ancestors all spoke one or more dialects of the Yugambeh Language.”
OUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO COUNTRY
We acknowledge and pay respect to the land and the traditional families of the Yugambeh region of South East Queensland and their Elders past, present and emerging.
The Yugambeh region includes families that identify as Kombumerri, Mununjali, Wangerriburra and others.