Acknowledgement of Country

A recent workshop, led by IGS parent and proud Aboriginal man Tim Bishop, gave members of the IGS PTF the opportunity to learn more about Acknowledgement of Country.

Tim graduated from NAISDA Dance College in 2002 and went on to dance with Bangarra Dance Theatre from 2003-06, performing nationally and internationally.

“Welcome to Country is a customary protocol by Traditional Custodians/Owners in welcoming visitors to the land of their ancestors, allowing safe passage and connection to its land and waters. Acknowledgement of Country is a protocol that anyone can perform to acknowledge and pay respects to the ancestral lands of the Country and people of that place,” Tim explained.

The workshop encouraged participants to use a scaffold to curate their own Acknowledgement of Country. Tim’s session examined the four parts to the Acknowledgment: self; country; business; and future.

IGS Deputy Principal Wellbeing Mary Duma who also attended the workshop shares her personal acknowledgment below:

I am a non-Aboriginal Australian of Ukrainian descent welcoming you today on Gadigal land as we unite on this land to create, learn, and support one another. As members of the IGS community we are connected through this land, country and school. Let’s travel respectfully across country throughout this day to return safely at days end. In doing so, let’s begin our day by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of this land and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here today.