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Acknowledgement of Country

The following Acknowledgement of Country was prepared by St Pius students Layne Faulkner, Georgia O’Brien and Clinton Bearcroft-Edwards. The students have used resources from the New CSO Aboriginal Education Policy: painting of the Awabakal totem by Pauline Burg, who is Clinton’s grandmother and a link to the Awabakal Language Centre that provides Dreaming stories for our area.  The students prepared a beautiful Word document of the Acknowledgement of Country which is immediately below - just click on the link - if a password box appears just click cancel until it disappears or alternatively right click on the link & choose save target as .  The same information has been provided below the document in web page format.

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We respectfully acknowledge the past and present traditional owners of this land on which we are meeting, the Awabakal people. It is a privilege to be standing on this country.
We also acknowledge the contributions of Aboriginal Australians and non-Aboriginal Australians to the education of all children and people in this country we all live in and share together – Australia.


The Awabakal people lived in the Newcastle area for countless generations. To the Awabakal, Newcastle was known as Muloobinba, pronounced as Mu-lu-bin–ba.
The following is a link to Awabakal Dreaming stories:
           Awabakal Eagle Totem Painting by Pauline BurgAwabakal Eagle Totem Painting by Pauline Burg


Holy Father, God of love,
You are the creator of this land and of all good things.
We acknowledge the shame and pain of our history and our sufferings of our people, and we ask for forgiveness.
We thank you for the survival of Aboriginal cultures.
Our hope is in you because you gave your son Jesus to reconcile the world to you.
We pray for your strength and grace to forgive, accept and love one another, as you love us and forgive and accept us in the sacrifice of your son.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history so that we may build a better future for our nation.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and our waters.
Help us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to find dignity and self-esteem by your spirit.
May your power and love be the foundations, on which we build our families, our communities, and our nation,
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.