Imagine on January 26th people's Facebook feeds around the country being filled with their friends publicly acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and what this day means to them.

On January 26th, we're inviting Australians to identify the traditional owners of the land they live on, then publicly acknowledge them with a Facebook post – you have a real chance to use your Facebook feed for good.

So, come back to this page on January 26th to add your acknowledgement, or signup for a reminder.

 


 

Last January 26, thousands of people posted an acknowledgement of country on their Facebook. You can see their acknowledgements below:

8,386 acknowledgements

Will you sign?

8,386 acknowledgements

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Indigenous scholar, Judy Atkinson, says in her book ‘Trauma Trails, Recreating Song Lines,’ that land is a “story place,” provoking me to think about the stories of my own ancestors who traced lines over the land, tying me to it. In so many ways, the lines of my ancestors have inflicted trauma after trauma for Indigenous Australians. As I think about it, I feel a mix of love for my ancestors, and thankfulness that their paths have led me to be the person I am, belonging to the place that I do; and I feel sadness and pain about the role many of them played in Australia’s story, marginalising the people whose history on this land predates our own. I have been thinking and praying about this a lot recently, prompted by a paper I wrote in a cross-cultural counselling class a few months ago. I thought today was a good day to share some of my incomplete thoughts. And also to offer this acknowledgement. Thanks to Common Grace for providing the words, and the encouragement to do this.


Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land from which I come. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Gibbi Gubbi people who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, on January 26th, I acknowledge the Aboriginal peoples who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.
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Today, as the sun comes up on January 26th, I acknowledge the Gadigal peoples of the Eora nation who are the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and future, and acknowledge Aboriginal peoples are hurting and mourning on this day. I also acknowledge that Aboriginal peoples have a strong spirit of survival, having survived for over 60,000 years.