Welcome to Country (Australia)
Protocols for welcoming visitors to Country have always been a part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Boundaries were clear, and crossing into another group’s Country required a request for permission to enter.
Acknowledgment of Country (Australia)
An Acknowledgment of Country can be a way of showing awareness of, and respect for, the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which a meeting or event is to take place.
Land Acknowledgement (United States of America)
Land acknowledgment is a traditional custom for many Native nations and communities. Today, land acknowledgments are used by Native Peoples and non-Natives to recognize Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of the lands on which we now live.
Acknowledgment for First Peoples & Traditional Territory (First Nations, Inuit & Métis)
Acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Aboriginal Peoples. It is a recognition of their presence both in the past and the present.
Karakia are prayers or incantations. They are generally used to ensure a favourable outcome to important events and meetings.