The Australian Psychological Society (APS) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boonwerrung people, the traditional custodians of the land on which our national office is situated, and pays respect to elders both past and present of the Kulin nations. The APS is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous psychologists and communities to meet the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

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An Acknowledgment of Country is an acknowledgment of Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Owners and Custodians of land in order to pay respects to them. For advice on how to acknowledge Country refer to the APS Cultural Protocols (link above). The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Aboriginal Map provides an indication of the general location of larger groupings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which may include smaller groups such as clans, dialects or individual languages in a group.  A hard copy of the map can be ordered through AIATSIS (www.aiatsis.gov.au/asp/map.html) or an interactive version accessed from the ABC website at www.abc.net.au/indigenous/map/. Please note: The Aboriginal Australia map does not claim to be definitive and is not the only source of information about language and social groups. The boundaries are not intended to be exact and as it was produced before native title legislation. In addition, sometimes it is disputed that an appropriate group is the Traditional Owner of specific land, and where there is any risk of misnaming the appropriate group when delivering an acknowledgment of country, no reference should be given any specific groups in that acknowledgment.