Susan Davis (photographed on the cover) is incorrectly described as a Wurundjeri woman. She is, as is stated on page 2, the proud daughter of Yuin Elder Uncle Jimmy Davis.
The referral to the ceremony as Welcome to Country is also incorrect. It should have read as an Acknowledgement of Country, as the following explains:
- A. An Acknowledgement of Country is an opportunity for anyone to show respect for Traditional Owners and the continuing connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Country; it can be offered by any person and like a Welcome to Country, is given at the beginning of a meeting, speech or event.
- B. A Welcome to Country ceremony is performed by Aboriginal Traditional Owners and Elders for people visiting their Country.
These ceremonies vary from speeches of welcome to traditional dance and smoking ceremonies.
Ferntree Gully News apologises to all and any Wurundjeri Elders past, present and emerging who may have been offended. We apologise also to Susan and to MDLC, who took care with the performance of the ceremony and its reporting to us.
Anne Boyd, Editor