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​In Australia, the protocol is to recognise the Traditional Owners of the land to which we are gathering. Therefore,   all presentations must begin with an acknowledgement to country and to local Traditional Elders: “We wish to acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we are to meet upon. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to Country. We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal peoples visiting/attending from other areas of Australia who are present here”.


Indigenous Conference Services acknowledges and pay our respect to the Traditional people of the Country. "Welcome to Country" ceremony and "acknowledging the traditional custodians" of the land shows respect for Aboriginal people as Australia's First Peoples. Ceremonies and protocols are a fundamental part of Aboriginal culture.

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Yirriganydji (Djabugay peoples)
Yidinji peoples

Cairns has long been a multicultural place with many languages, stories, lives and cultures. Around 10 per cent of Cairns people identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; some First Nations people of Cairns can trace their relationship with this land back thousands of years.

Traditional owners within the Cairns region include the Djabugay; Yirriganydji; Bulwai, Gimuy Walubara Yidinji; Bundabarra and Wadjanbarra Yidinji; Mandingalbay Yidinji; Gunggandji; Dulabed and Malanbara Yidinji; Wanyurr Majay; Mamu and Ngadjonjii peoples.

Traditional Owners from The Djabugay and Yidinji peoples encourage newcomers to Cairns to learn the stories of the past when they come to Cairns for a brighter future.

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