How to make a meaningful Acknowledgement to Country

21 June 2024

Join us this NAIDOC week for a special presentation by Emma Gibbens and Rhys Paddick from Acknowledge This!, an organisation established to promote cultural understanding and meaningful connection. Rhys and Emma bring their collective experience as an Aboriginal educator and a change strategist to facilitate deep conversations that broaden our perspectives.

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Today, many businesses and organisations are implementing Acknowledgements of Country – and few people know why. Most people read an Acknowledgement of Country off a script; ad lib one they’ve heard; or worst-case scenario, treat it as housekeeping. This tokenistic approach defeats the purpose of what an Acknowledgement of Country is meant to represent in the first place.

Rhys and Emma will teach you how to give a meaningful Acknowledgement of Country without fear.

Together, we’ll learn the first steps to create a genuine Acknowledgement of the place, people and position you’re in, how to craft the words and make it meaningful to you.

You’ll walk away with:

  • A deeper understanding of First Nations history and continuing cultural practice.
  • A deeper understanding of the important relationship between First Nations people and Country.
  • An understanding of the purpose of each element of an Acknowledgement of Country.
  • A personalised Acknowledgement of Country format to adapt for any gathering where you want to acknowledge our shared history.

This knowledge will enhance how you operate as an architect, enabling you to engage more confidently and authentically with the First Nations people and community groups you meet as part of your work.

See speaker bios below.

WHEN + WHERE

Online

Friday 12 July 2024 1–2pm AEST
(WA 11am; NT & SA 12.30pm; Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic & Tas 1pm)

TICKETS + BOOKING

Members $30 incl GST
Non-members $60 incl GST
*One ticket per person.

Please book below. If this doesn’t work on your device, head to the booking link.

CPD

Completion of this 1 hour webinar and submission of the assessment task will deliver 1 formal CPD point.

Learning outcomes – Completion of this webinar will give a deeper understanding of First Nations history and continuing cultural practice, the important relationship between First Nations people and Country, the purpose of the elements of an Acknowledgement of Country and how to personalise and adapt the Acknowledgement for different gatherings and our shared history. This knowledge will enhance how you operate as an architect, enabling you to engage more confidently and authentically with the First Nations people and community groups you meet as part of your work.

Units of Competency and Performance Criteria:  Practice Management and Professional Conduct – Practice Management & Professional Conduct – PC 8; Project Initiation & Conceptual Design PC 17, PC 27.

APBSA Core Area – Design

The webinar will include time for Q&A with our speakers with a CPD assessment task. Certificates will be provided following participation in the full webinar and online submission of answers to CPD questions.

  • Rhys Paddick
  • Emma Gibbens

Rhys Paddick, Co-Director
(Yamatji from hot, dry places)

Rhys is an expert in cultural desensitivity, how to explore and connect with Aboriginal peoples and cultures with courage, excitement and joy – as opposed to facilitating cultural change from the all-too-common place of shame, guilt and fear.

Rhys specialises in moving people and businesses out of ticking boxes into a place of authenticity. A storyteller and artist, Rhys takes from his 15+ years of working with and for Aboriginal people and organisations, and has designed and delivered multiple workshops, training sessions and keynotes, all in an effort to connect fellow Australians to our common cultures.

Emma Gibbens, Co-Director
(American from cold, dark places)

Emma activates leadership in change, one conversation at a time. She inspires people to take action and create inclusive change through speaking, training, conversations and strategic campaigns.

Emma’s energetic, playful and dynamic approach enables everyone to participate and belong, creating change that sticks. She believes transformative change occurs through iteration, by walking together on common ground in a shared direction. Emma has managed political and advocacy campaigns across the US and around the world for over 15 years, specialising in scaling grassroots movements.

For any questions, please contact Katherine Ygosse at webinars@aca.org.au.