Respect through acknowledgement

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ understanding of Respect encompasses more than the definition understood by western culture. Respect within these cultures means acknowledgment of land, language, lore, culture and protocols which have been intact for 60,000 years. 

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples see themselves as belonging to this land, a totality of Mother Earth. It is important to recognise the significance of respect when interacting with these cultures.

At JCU, there are two cultural protocols people are expected to be respectful of and responsive to:

Welcome to Country

Acknowledgement of Country

The distinction between these protocols is important and can cause offence if confused.

Other Cultural Ceremonies

You can show your respect if you treat others with the respect you hope to earn yourself.

Historical people is a term used by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to describe other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who live on land where they are not Traditional Owners. Through no fault of their own under Government legislation, Historical People were sent away from their communities. Some Historical People have played a major role in the particular areas where they live.

It is important that these people who have contributed towards self-determination also be given the courtesy and respect they deserve. It is usually the Traditional Owners who have been involved in their communities at the grassroots level, who would know which Historical People should be engaged.