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Statements of Acknowledgement and Welcome

Welcome Statement

There are two statements that have been developed by SAMIAC and ratified by Territory Headquarters that we recommend be incorporated into all major Salvation Army public events, or used whenever speaking in a public forum.

For meetings when an aboriginal person of the local area is present and presents a statement of welcome on behalf of aboriginal people:

1.Welcome statement from the local Aboriginal representative.

2. Response statement from an appropriate Salvationist.

On behalf of <<insert appropriate group / person>> I thank you for your welcome. I wish to acknowledge the <<insert appropriate tribal / language group>> people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we meet. We respect your people and your culture, and on this day express our commitment to work for reconciliation and justice for indigenous people.

For meetings when no aboriginal representative is present to give the welcome:

We, The Salvation Army, acknowledge that we meet on land for which the <<insert appropriate tribal / language group>> people are the traditional owners and custodians. We remember their ancestors with respect, and commit ourselves to work for reconciliation and justice for indigenous people.


If you are unsure of the appropriate indigenous community in your area please make contact with your city/town council.