“Know your history, know your own backyard.”
In my role as Victorian coordinator of the Welcome Dinner Project, I ensured all our incoming staff and volunteers attended a one day training workshop on how to conduct Acknowledgment of Country.
An Acknowledgement of Country is conducted at the beginning of every Welcome Dinner by the dinner facilitators. The Acknowledgement pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land that the dinner is held on and intends to educate and encourage dinner guests to think about what they can do to support Aboriginal sovereignty and self determination.
We were incredibly lucky to have Dean Stewart, a Wemba-Wemba Wergaia man who runs Aboriginal Tours and Education Melbourne (A-TAEM), run his Birrarung Marr walking tour as part of our Acknowledgement of Country training. Learn more about the training here.