Queer Collaborations Monash 2014 regrets that we will not be performing a Welcome to Country to open the conference. We have advised that there are currently a number of disputes regarding the lands on which Monash Caulfield, Clayton, Berwick and city sites stand and at present there is no Registered Aboriginal Party appointed to the lands/waters of the above Monash sites. This is on advice from the Yulendj Indigenous Engagement Unit at Monash, who in turn are advised by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council. The conference will still conduct Acknowledgements of Country for meetings and workshops. We apologise for any offence caused.

A Welcome to Country can only be done by someone who is a Traditional Owner of the land on which a gathering is taking place and who has a right to conduct Welcome (usually this will be an Elder). Large conferences like QC normally contain a Welcome to Country at the beginning of the conference.

Acknowledgements of Country can be done by anyone, and they should typically be done at the beginning of each formal session.

An Acknowledgement of Country *must* contain an acknowledgement of the Traditional Owners, preferably by name, and a statement of respect for Elders past and present. Many Acknowledgements are more detailed, but the above two statements are the bare minimum that needs to be made.

Melbourne and Monash Clayton are located on the lands of the Kulin nation.

If you need to conduct an Acknowledgement while you’re at QC 2014, either at Monash Clayton or at the accommodation, you can either of the two following statements:

“I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet, the Kulin people, and pay respect to their Elders past and present.”

OR

“I acknowledge the Kulin people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet, and pay respect to their Elders both past and present. This land was never ceded, and the processes of colonisation, occupation, incarceration and genocide that began over two centuries ago continue to this day.”