The following definitions have been identified by CEAC members as being key terms understood by Aboriginal people.

The term Aboriginal refers to the original inhabitants of Australia and includes the Torres Strait Islander people.
Welcome to Country
An act by traditional owners or custodians that welcomes and gives blessing to visitors on to their Country.
Acknowledgement of Country
An act by visitors that demonstrates respect and recognises Aboriginal custodianship of the land.
The term ‘Country’ is used to identify the language area in which a particular Aboriginal group belong.
Aboriginal nations throughout Australia are unique and diverse with their own beliefs, languages, experiences and customs.
Spelling and Pronunciation
Spelling may vary as does oral language. Pronunciation is specific to a particular area, and as such there may be variations on how words are pronounced.
Traditional Owner
An Aboriginal person who is recognised, by the Aboriginal community and government, as having traditional relationships to a specific Country.
A Traditional Owner that has custodial rights to cultural knowledge or a specific area within his/her country.
A person who is a senior member of the Aboriginal community.
Historical Families
Families which have been forcibly moved into an area due to past government practices and policies.
There is no differentiation between immediate and extended family members. The term ‘family’ refers to both the immediate and extended family group.

Last updated: 13/02/11