NSW Public School teachers prompted the development of the Federation’s ‘Welcome to Country / Acknowledgement of Country’ information brochure. It responds to needs expressed by teachers who want to show respect, understanding and to acknowledge and promote Aboriginal education within their schools.
In 2001, the Federation’s Aboriginal Education Co-ordinator and Aboriginal Members Committees developed the first NSW Teachers Federation protocol guide ‘Welcome to Country / Acknowledgement of Country’ document.
The NSW Teachers Federation acknowledges the work of John Watkins, who in 2001 as Minister of Education, took up the commitment and practice of ‘Acknowledgment of Country’ as he visited NSW Public Schools.
In 2004, the NSW Teachers Federation, the Department of Education and Communities and the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group worked collaboratively to produce the ‘Welcome to Country / Acknowledgement of Country’ support document. Printed copies of this brochure are available at Federation and a downloadable copy, in high resolution, is a click away on this page.
In 2008, we saw a new beginning to Federal Parliamentary Opening procedures with the inaugural ‘Welcome to Country’ Ceremony. Further to that another memorable and historic event occurred on the 13th February 2008 with the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.