Acknowledgment of Country

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

The members of the Shoalhaven Alliance for Yes23 group (Say23) reside on the lands of the Wodi Wodi, Jerrinja, Wandi Wandian and Yuin First Nation peoples, speakers of the Dharawal and Dhurga languages.

We acknowledge the Wodi Wodi, Jerrinja, Wandi Wandian and Yuin peoples, traditional custodians of these lands. We honour and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging; and to their Ancestors who have walked this country since the creation of time. We recognise their continuing connection -both physical and spiritual- to the land, sea, culture and community.

We also acknowledge that the lands where we live, learn and work; were never ceded and treaties are yet to be negotiated. For more than 60 thousand years, these lands have been, still are and will always be, First Nations peoples’ lands.