Welcome to Country

Aboriginal protocol dictates that people are welcomed when entering and learning about country or crossing through other clan and nation's land. It is an act of good manners and respect. Over the last decade a Welcome to Country address has become very much a part of community and broader events.

Welcome to Country can be as simple as using spoken word and or include more theatrical components such as smoking and the use of the Yidaki (didgeridoo). Often chants, dances or smoking ceremonies welcome newcomers in.

Traditionally, members of clan groups carry objects such as message sticks or relevant identifiable material or objects to cross other clan’s and nations’ boundaries.

Representation at opening events, launches and formal events should try to include the presence of the Local custodians, local language usage, and clan and nation elders.