At BUC, we are mindful that our buildings, indeed our whole culture and society, is built on the dispossession of Aboriginal people – in this case, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.
Since installing the Acknowledgement Sculpture in 2010, as part of the renovation of our buildings and grounds, we have grown into the regular use of the words of acknowledgement in liturgy and meetings:
“We acknowledge and respect the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, the traditional custodians of this land since time immemorial. We are learning that the land is not ours to own, but to look after; and that if we listen, we may hear in it the calling of the eternal Spirit. Responding to this call, we commit ourselves to work for justice, reconciliation, and care of the earth.”
Brunswick UC also maintains a connection through volunteers with the Indigenous Hospitality House, a residential community that offers short term accommodation to Aboriginal families needing medical treatment in Melbourne.