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What is a ‘Welcome to Country’?

“A Welcome to Country is where an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander custodian or elder from the local area or region welcomes people to their land. This may be done through speech, song, dance or ceremony and has been part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocol for thousands of years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols or customs in relation to Welcome to Country are diverse and will vary from region to region.” (Source: http://www.dhcs.act.gov.au/atsia/welcome_to_country)

Most people don’t know there are over 500 Indigenous tribes (and therefore tribal geo boundaries) and language groups that exist across Indigenous Australia? The Indigenous Australia map that can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/indigenous/map/ is just one representation of other map sources that are available for describing Aboriginal Australia. This map in particular indicates only the general location of larger groupings of people and this may include smaller groups such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group.

If you’re a traditional owner or a member of an Australian Indigenous language group and you’d like your mob included on the app. please contact us by email welcomeapp@wsmedia.com.au to discuss.

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