Cultural Awareness Protocols and Advice

Why have Indigenous Australian Cultural Protocol Guidelines?

The development of respectful relationships between institutions such as the University of Melbourne and Indigenous Australians is an important step in the broader social movement towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Respect can be manifested in a number of ways. In formal occasions respect can be demonstrated through the recognition of Indigenous Australian Protocols

Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country

There are two distinct cultural protocols:

An Acknowledgement of Country is a statement of recognition that is made by someone who is NOT a traditional custodian or owner of the country or land upon which the statement id being made.

A Welcome to Country is a statement of welcome that can ONLY be made by a traditional owner or custodian of the land or country the statement is being made.

The distinction between these protocols is important as it can cause offence if they are confused.

Courtesies to Indigenous Australian People

In providing cultural services Indigenous Australian people are using their intellectual property. These can include Welcome to Country, performances and other ceremonies such as smoking and dance.  As such these servies should be remunerated.

Please ensure when asking for cultural services that enough time is given prior to your event as booking at the last minute will often mean Elders and or Performers are not available.

Please contact Liz Laguerre for further information.

This information has been taken from the University of Melbourne Aboriginal Cultural Protocol Guidelines.

Indigenous Cultural Awareness Workshops

Murrup Barak invites you to enrol in an Indigenous Cultural Awareness Workshop (ICAW) and learn about Indigenous Australian history, culture and contemporary topics to support general understanding and effective engagement with Indigenous staff, students and stakeholders and to encourage participation on the wider Indigenous Agenda. Please book via Themis.