In line with TAL’s Cultural Protocols, TAL has progressed towards delivering Acknowledgement of Country at major internal and external meetings, while inviting Traditional Owners and Custodians to deliver a Welcome to Country on an annual basis.
By having cultural protocols for practices such as an Acknowledgement of Country, TAL can provide opportunities to:
- recognise that protocols for welcoming visitors to Country have been a part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture for thousands of years
- reflect TAL’s Purpose, Ambition and Spirit with how we connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- build relationships and partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and
- educate our people and partners on the cultural traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – noting the relevant Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and sea on which we live and work.
For our RAP launch, TAL hosted Uncle Allen Madden from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council who delivered a Welcome to Country. Since then, with regular delivery of Acknowledgment of Country addresses by TAL’s Group CEO and leadership team and following requests across the business for support in delivering their own addresses, workshops were held for our people, led by Seona James from Indigenous Cultural Connections.