November 30, 2020
In recent years in Australia at formal events and meetings, an acknowledgement of country is often used in the opening. This is done to recognise the custodianship of Australia by Indigenous Australians and to show respect to the tribal people and the lands you are on.
It was a point of discussion in a seminar that I participated in recently. During the seminar it was raised that this is often done in a perfunctory way and it was questioned if it was actually necessary.
As there was psychological safety in our group, we were able to discuss this in a robust manner and there was room for the “ghost voice” to be heard. There was space and respect for opposing views and political correctness did not hinder the various viewpoints.
What are the barriers to meaningful conversations for you?