Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians
Ben Leigh acknowledging traditional custodians at 2010 Reconciliation Week celebration.
Acknowledgement of traditional custodians at public events and significant internal and external meetings shows an awareness of and a respect for the traditional custodians of the land on which the event or meeting is being held. Acknowledgement is also a way of recognising the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to their country.
Options for the wording for Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians
1. Generic: "I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on today and pay my respects to their elders past and present."
2. GunaiKurnai "I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on today, the GunaiKurnai people and pay my respects to their Elders past and present."
3. Extended GunaiKurnai We are meeting today on land traditionally owned by the (insert clan*) people of the GunaiKurnai nation. I would like to pay my respects to their Elders past and present and acknowledge the living culture of the GunaiKurnai people and the important contribution they make to Gippsland’.
* There are 5 clans in the GunaiKurnai nation
Brayukaloong: Sale and Latrobe City areas. Providence Ponds, Avon and Latrobe rivers; west of Lake Wellington to Mounts Baw Baw and Howitt.
Bratowaloong: South Gippsland From Cape Liptrap and Tarwin Meadows east to mouth of Merriman Creek; inland to about Mirboo; at Port Albert and Wilson's Promontory.
Brabiraloong: Central Gippsland bordered by Mitchell, Nicholson and Tambo rivers; extending south to around Bairnsdale and Bruthen
Tatungaloong: Near Lakes Entrance on the coast. Streches along Ninety Mile Beach around Lakes Victoria and Wellington from southwest of Lakes Entrance to the mouth of Merriman Creek as well as Raymond Island in Lake King.
Krowatungaloong: Near the Snowy River. From Cape Everard (Point Hicks) to Lakes Entrance. Cann, Brodribb, Buchan and Snow Rivers and inland to about Black Mountain.
(Source: Wayne Thorpe. Gunnai Linguist)