Today, and everyday, we pay our respects to past and present Traditional Custodians and Elders of the land on which we live, love and learn; the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
As residents of Naarm, we acknowledge we benefit from unceded, stolen lands for which a treaty has yet to be negotiated, and as such, every month we pay the rent. These lands always were, and always will be Aboriginal land.
We also acknowledge the enduring leadership, resilience, wisdom, kinship, culture and connection to Country of Traditional Custodians despite centuries of systemic oppression, which continues today.
Today and everyday, we also acknowledge that we are in the sixth mass extinction and contributing to human-caused climate breakdown. Our home and workplace were once beautiful bayside Country, and home to the Aboriginal people of this region. We honour their relationship to Country as being of it and inseparable from it. As such, we commit to honouring their role modelling of being good ancestors by continuing to work towards inclusive climate and social justice, for this generation and all that follows.