What do I say for an Acknowledgement of Land?

So, you’ve been asked to do an Acknowledgement of Land, and you don’t what to do or say?  Here's a quick guide.

Start by finding the name of your local mob or Traditional Custodians.  You can contact the NSW Aboriginal Land Council for your Local Aboriginal Land Council.  Ask them if they have preferred wording for an Acknowledgement of Land.

Here’s some simple wording that can be used when you know who the Traditional Custodians are:

I’d like to acknowledge the <Darkinjung> people as Traditional Custodians of the land on which this meeting is held.  I pay my respects to the Elders, past, present and future, and recognise the continuing connection and contribution to this land and waters.  I extend this respect to any Aboriginal people who are here today.

If you are not sure whose lands you are on at the time, you can use this:

I wish to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this meeting is held.  I pay my respects to the Elders, past, present and future, and recognise the continuing connection and contribution to this land.  I would like to extend that respect to any Aboriginal people who are here today.

Simples, right?  if you have any questions you can leave them below.

Have you ever seen anyone do a great Acknowledgement?  What made it stand out?  Was it confidence in delivery?  The wording itself?  The passion of the speaker?

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