Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country Ceremonies
As part of the University of Canberra's commitment to Reconciliation we demonstrate our respect for the traditional custodians of the land the main campus sits on, the Ngunnawal peoples, through two key ceremonies:
Welcome to Country
A 'Welcome to Country' is an official welcome by a senior Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custodian or elder and is a way that the University can show respect for the Ngunnawal people. A Welcome to Country should be performed at all major University events.
Acknowledgement of Country
An 'Acknowledgement of Country' is a demonstration of respect and appreciation of the Ngunnawal peoples, which can be performed by non Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. At the University of Canberra we begin all official events by acknowledging the traditional owners:
The University of Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal peoples as the traditional custodians of the land upon which the University's main campus sits, and pays respect to all Elders past and present.
UC Guidelines for Welcome to Country & Acknowledgement of Country
- Guidelines for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country (306 KB PDF)
- Guidelines for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country (227 KB RTF)