My Acknowledgement of Country
That I live on the sacred sovereign land of the Wadawurrung.
I acknowledge that this sovereignty has never
I pay my respect to their elders past, present and future and to all Aboriginal people.
I acknowledge that I am an occupier.
I acknowledge that although I was born here,
I come from a history of occupiers
Who have yet to reconcile
with the people or the land they have occupied.
that my ancestors
with ignorance, insensitivity
illegally occupied the land
of the Wurrundjerri, the Wongaibon and the Yaitmatang peoples
that I grew up
treading on the sacred land
of the Kulin nation,
without knowledge or awareness,
blind to my cultures damage
to the First Nations people.
That in my adult years
I have arrogantly thought
I knew better,
blind to my white privilege
spoke over my black brothers and sisters.
that my success
is built on the struggle
of dispossessed others.
that as yet, my culture continues
to deny this fact
and remains blind
to the effects of colonisation
and intergenerational trauma
on Aboriginal people
to this day.
that the pain, grief and loss
of land and language
that my culture is responsible for
is reflected in our countries
and take responsibility
for my peoples ignorance,
racism and cruelty.
On behalf of myself and my ancestors,
I offer my heartfelt apology.
to being open and humble,
to practice deep listening
and always respecting the knowledge and wisdom
of the first peoples of this land.
I stand for a future of shared mutual respect and partnership
with Indigenous peoples of this country and the world.