What to Include In an Acknowledgement of Country
- You must specify and describe the Country you are on (e.g. ‘pay respects to Elders who have cared for the mountains, rivers, sea and sky where our school is located on ______ Country.’) –
- Always name the Mob in the Acknowledgement. If the land is contested (eg. Brisbane) always name both or all Mobs.
- Use traditional names (instead of English names – where possible) for significant areas important to you and your local Aboriginal community.
- Pay respects to Elders (past and present).
Children's Acknowledgement of Country
To simply explain it to children: Acknowledgement of Country is like if you’re a guest at the birthday: you would say thank you for having me.
It is important for children to have an understanding of Country and the land on which their early learning service is located. Encourage children to think about what it means to acknowledge Country. Guide children through a simple discussion around questions such as:
- What is the name of the language group of this area?
- Do you know far this Country extends to?
- What some of our neighbouring language groups?
- What are some special places on this Country?
- Have you always lived on the same Country?
Work together to incorporate each child’s input into a short, simple but significant personalised group Acknowledgement of country that the children could learn to deliver together on a regular basis.
Examples Of Children's Acknowledgement Of Country
Here is the land, here is the sky.Here are my friends and here am I.We thank the ______ people for the land on which we play and learn.Hands up, hands downWe're on _______ ground.
- Here is the Land
Here is the Sky
Here are my friends
and here am I
We play today
On traditional Land
Our First Nation people
we walk hand in hand
We’d like to say thank you
for letting us share
the Land that you love
we promise to take care.
- Our Acknowledgement of Country…
We at Bumblebee, would like to say thank you.
To the original custodians of this land.
Thank you to The Widjabul people
of the Bunjalung Nation for letting us share your land.
We promise to look after it, the animals and the people too.
Hello Land (All touch the land)
Hello sky (All reach for the sky)
Hello me (Hug self)
Hello friends (open arms out wide)
Videos Of Children's Acknowledgment Of Country
- Playschool Acknowledgment Of Country
- Children's Acknowledgment of Country by Lifelong Learning Centres
- Acknowledgment of Country by C&K Wandarrah Preschool
- Acknowledgement Of Country, Goodstart Early Learning, Noble Park
- Acknowledgment Of Country, King Tribe
Acknowledgment Of Country, Childcare Bumble Bee
Acknowledgment Of Country, Katherine Isolated Children's Services