Aboriginal heritage

The Boon Wurrung* are Indigenous Australians of the Kulin Nation and were the first inhabitants of the area that now makes up the southern and south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, which includes the municipality of Glen Eira.

Demonstrating respect and recognition to the Traditional Owners

Council incorporates Acknowledgement and Welcome practices in events and official meetings to demonstrate inclusion and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of this land. The practice recognises the importance of an ongoing connection to place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and shows respect for Traditional Owners. 

For further information can be found in Reconciliation Australia's Welcome to and Acknowledgement of Country document.

Acknowledgement and Welcome practices are also a way of compensating the history of exclusion and dispossession that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced since colonisation; including exclusion from Australian historical records, recognition in the adoption of an Australian flag and anthem, as well as Australian democracy. 

Glen Eira City Council acknowledges the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as a Traditional Owner of the area of Glen Eira. We respect and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples history and heritage and their continuing spiritual connection to the land and seas. We value their living culture and practices and their right to self-determination.

Acknowledgement of Country

Glen Eira City Council encourages staff to provide an ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ at meetings and events as a way of demonstrating awareness of and respect for the Traditional Aboriginal Owners of the land on which a meeting or event is being held.  It is also important in recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continuing connection to their Country.

An Acknowledgment of Country can be informal or formal and both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (that come from a different area or Country) and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can perform it.

Glen Eira City Council’s Acknowledgement of Country

Glen Eira City Council respectfully acknowledges the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, who have traditional connections to the land now known as Glen Eira. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge and uphold their continuing relationship to this land.

Welcome to Country

A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to welcome visitors to their traditional land (country). It can take many forms and can include singing, dancing, smoking ceremonies or a speech in traditional language or English. A Welcome to Country is often performed at Council’s Australian Citizenship Ceremonies and at significant public and community events.

Further information

You can find more information on the Indigenous people of Glen Eira in the following resources: 

(*Also referred to as the Bunurong, Bunwurrung, Boonwerung, Bunurowrung, Bururong and Boon Wurrung.)