My Acknowledgement of Country

I acknowledge

That I live on the sacred sovereign land of the Wadawurrung.

I acknowledge that this sovereignty has never

been ceded.

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.

 

I acknowledge

that my ancestors

with ignorance, insensitivity

and brutality,

illegally occupied the land

of the Wurrundjerri, the Wongaibon and the Yaitmatang peoples

 

I acknowledge

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.

I acknowledge

That in my adult years

I have arrogantly thought

I knew better,

blind to my white privilege

spoke over my black brothers and sisters.

 

I acknowledge

that my success

is built on the struggle

of dispossessed others.

 

I acknowledge

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.

I acknowledge

that the pain, grief and loss

of land and language

that my culture is responsible for

is reflected in our countries

identity.

I acknowledge

and take responsibility

for my peoples ignorance,

racism and cruelty.

 

On behalf of myself and my ancestors,

I offer my heartfelt apology.

 

I commit

to being open and humble

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.