Acknowledgement to Country

Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast

We acknowledge and pay respects to the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast and all their descendants both past and present.

We also acknowledge the many Aboriginal people from other regions as well as Torres Strait and South Sea Islander people who now live in the local area and have made an important contribution to the community.

In recent years, government departments and agencies, as well as private and public organisations, have put in place protocols that recognise and pay due respect to the original inhabitants of Australia. This has occurred within the national context of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and an international movement that acknowledges the special and important role indigenous communities play in the development of a country’s cultural identity.

In Australia, there are two traditional protocols that are in widespread use:

  • an Acknowledgement protocol – used by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous speakers to pay due respect to the traditional Indigenous inhabitants
  • a Welcome to Country protocol – a direct descendant of the original Indigenous inhabitants, usually an Elder, welcomes visitors to his/her traditional lands (“country”).
Cultural Safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and clients

My Community Legal Inc. (MCL) is actively working to create a culturally safe centre for staff and clients, is well connected to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and responds to the identified needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. MCL is accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people and provides services in a culturally safe and appropriate manner, respecting and acknowledging cultural diversity between different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups.

Documented procedures for promoting cultural safety across all services and activities and at all levels of the Centre.
Processes to identify, understand and monitor existing and emerging legal and social needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities within the catchment area.
The Centre is connected to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, families, people and organisations, with formal consultation processes functioning to inform strategic planning and service delivery activities (such as outreach, CLE and advice and participation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-building events).
Employment and retention strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of staff.
Regular Cultural Awareness/Cultural Competency training for all governing body members, staff and volunteers.
The internal areas of the Centre, and the outside of the building and surroundings, where possible, are welcoming, culturally sensitive and create culturally safe environments for clients and staff.
Evaluation, monitoring and continual development of cultural safety and responsiveness strategies.