Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT's City, Brunswick and Bundoora campuses and Point Cook site are on the traditional land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
The Hamilton site is on the traditional land of the Gunditjmara Peoples.
Welcome to Country
This is a formal welcome onto Aboriginal land. It must be given by a recognised Elder or a traditional owner from the area the event is occurring on.
Official or high-profile RMIT events that require a Welcome to Country include:
- graduation ceremonies
- national and international seminars and lectures hosted by RMIT
- forums, discussions or events where Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander issues are being represented
- all nationally or internationally recognised events led by the Vice Chancellor and President.
To book a Welcome to Country for the city campus, please email the Boon Wurrung Foundation or email your completed Welcome to Country form (PDF 24KB) to the Wurundjeri lands Council (contact details on the form) for further advice. For all events at Bundoora or Brunswick please contact the Wurundjeri lands Council. There is a fee for the ceremony.
Acknowledgement of Country
This is a statement that recognises the traditional owners of the land. An acknowledgment is a simple way to show respect and to acknowledge our shared connection through place to the oldest continuing cultures on earth.
The new RMIT Acknowledgement of Country is:
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.
RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.
Anybody can do an acknowledgement of country. Ideally an acknowledgement should be given any time people gather to conduct RMIT business.
The best acknowledgements are personalised or are tailored to the event or activity they are given at. The institutional acknowledgment can be personalised to:
I would like to acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. I respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.
I would also like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.
It is also perfectly okay to shorten this acknowledgement to:
I would like to acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we are meeting on. I respectfully acknowledge their Elders, past and present.
For further advice on cultural protocols, please contact the Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement on +61 3 9925 4885.