A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by a local Aboriginal person of significance (usually an Elder) to acknowledge and give consent to events taking place on their traditional lands. It is also a sign of respect and protocol which dates back to traditional times prior to colonisation.
Port Augusta City Council’s endorsed Acknowledgement of Country is as follows:
“We acknowledge and respect the Barngarla and Nukunu people as the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral lands. We pay respect to all Aboriginal cultural groups and individuals. As it has been in the past, Port Augusta continues to be a meeting place, with members of many different language groups living here.”
Native Title Traditional Owners Map: This interactive map highlights the traditional owners of each region.
Preferred statements of acknowledgement: This is a list of preferred statements of acknowledgement depending on what land you are meeting upon.
If you require a Welcome to Country guest speaker (fees may apply) please contact us below to receive contact details for Welcome to Country representatives.