How To Do an Acknowledgement of Country (45 Minutes)

How To Do an Acknowledgement of Country (45 Minutes)

  • Cool+
  • Early Learning
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Parents
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  • Social
  • Indigenous Education
  • Leadership
  • ...

Course summary

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of the land. Participants will learn the importance of this acknowledgment, gaining insights into the complex connections Indigenous communities maintain with their Country. The course provides tips on effectively delivering an Acknowledgement of Country, including what to include and avoid, and emphasises the distinction between Acknowledgement of Country and Welcome to Country. Participants are encouraged to prepare their own Acknowledgement, considering local context, Traditional Owners, and personal connections to make it meaningful.

You will learn:

  • the importance of Acknowledgement of Country, understanding its role in recognizing and respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land.
  • the complex and multi-layered connections Indigenous peoples maintain with their Country, exploring how these connections influence spiritual, physical, cultural, social, and emotional well-being.
  • practical tips for delivering a meaningful Acknowledgement of Country, including what to include in their acknowledgment, such as specifying the Country, naming Traditional Owners, using traditional names for significant areas, and paying respects to Elders.
  • the difference between an Acknowledgement of Country and a Welcome to Country, providing insights into when and where each acknowledgment is appropriate, and who can perform them.

Course time:

About 30 to 45 minutes - perfect for after work or during a spare period. You will have ongoing access via your user dashboard.

Alignment to the Australian Professional Teacher Standards:

This course is mapped to the following Australian Professional Teacher Standards (AITSL). Your completion can be logged as elective PD hours with your state's teaching regulatory authority.

  • 2.4.2 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Certificate of completion:

You will get a Cool.org certificate when you finish to prove that you have completed this course. You can access this certificate (and your course progress!) anytime via your personal dashboard.

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Course Content

How To Do An Acknowledgement Of Country

How To Do An Acknowledgement Of Country

01.
Introduction
02.
What do you already know?
03.
What is Country?
04.
What is a Welcome to Country?
05.
What is an Acknowledgement of Country?
06.
When to use your Acknowledgement of Country
07.
Preparing your Acknowledgement of Country
08.
Some examples of Acknowledgement of Country
09.
Let's have a go
10.
Reflection
11.
Congratulations

Course Instructor

Your instructor Hayley, is an experienced Early Years Educator, Primary School Teacher, and Instructional Designer for Cool. She will be on hand to answer any questions you might have while undertaking this course.

This course has been designed in consultation with experts in education and wellbeing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I log this PD with my State's teaching authority?

Yes! Our courses are mapped to the Australian Professional Teacher Standards (AITSL), and your completion can be logged as elective PD hours with your state's teaching regulatory authority. To do this, grab your certificate of completion from your personal dashboard once the course is complete.

  • 2.4.2 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

How long will this take to complete?

About 30 to 45 minutes - perfect for after work or during a spare period. You will have ongoing access via your user dashboard.

Will I get proof of completion?

You will get a Cool.org certificate when you finish to prove that you have completed this course. You can access this certificate (and your course progress!) at any time via your personal dashboard.

Is this course accredited?

While this course is not accredited by state teaching authorities, it is mapped to the national Professional Standards for Teachers. This means that you can log this course with your state regulatory authority as elective PD hours.

  • 2.4.2 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Who are the instructors?

This course is designed by Cool.org's team of education specialists, in consultation with teachers, principals, psychologists, counsellors, and scientists.

Our team continually reviews and refines our resources to align with changes to the Australian Curriculum and best educational practice, so you can be sure your learning is at the cutting edge of education theory.

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