We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians on whose land we walk, work and live and pay our respects to elders both past and present.
A detailed outline on Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country is available on the USC website.
The University of the Sunshine Coast recognises that respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, land, cultures and histories is critical to working together for better outcomes for all Australians and achieving our commitment to advance human rights within a tolerant and inclusive society.
The University is committed to providing all students with the opportunity to encounter and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives as an integral part of their program of study.
An understanding of and respect for Australia’s Indigenous peoples — their personal histories, beliefs and values, languages and lifestyles — is important in many ways. Research tells us that it helps when, as educators, we meet the educational needs of our Indigenous students in very practical ways — we can improve attendance, retention and workplace participation. Weaving the Indigenous story into the fabric of education through teaching about Indigenous cultures and perspectives in schools has been identified nationally as key to improving outcomes for Indigenous peoples.
Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives will enhance the educational experiences of non-Indigenous students as well. It will not only give them a more accurate and richer understanding of Australia’s history and culture, it will help them to understand how we got to where we are today; and how we might move forward together. It’s about reconciliation.