Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country
Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Country guide includes the basic protocols involved in conducting a Welcome to Country or Acknowledgement of Country.
The protocols support you to maintain meaningful relationships with your local Koorie communities.
To download the guide, see:
The guide has been developed in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association.
Protocols for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Teachers must follow protocols for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
The protocols seek to protect the integrity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expressions in a way in which all Australians can engage respectfully and feel connected to this identity.
For more information, see: Protocols for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
National Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples
The National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples on behalf of the Australian Parliament was delivered by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, in Parliament House Canberra, on 13 February 2008.
The National Apology is a significant event in Australia’s history and the anniversary provides opportunities for schools to plan appropriate events or activities.
The full transcript and video of the speech is available on Australian Government website, see:
Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples
For further resources including ideas for events and links to the AusVELS curriculum see:
National Apology to Australias People - School Resources (docx - 530.93kb)
Teaching Aboriginal languages
The Aboriginal Languages and Cultures Victoria website contains information on:
- setting up a school language program
- background information on language reclamation
- links to the AusVELS Aboriginal Languages, cultures and reclamation in Victorian schools
- standards P-10 and protocols
- a collection of resources and links
- sample units to assist language teams in the development of their lessons.
For more information, see:
Aboriginal Languages and Cultures Victoria