Welcome to Country Speeches


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Presenter:  Dr Curtis Roman

Date: Nov 17, 2017

Time: 12:45pm to 1:30pm

Contact person:  School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy
T: 8946 6482
E: sikpp@cdu.edu.au

Location:  CDU Casuarina Campus, Blue 3.1.12, Community Room (near Blue 2 Precint)

Welcome to Country speeches have become a standing item at official gatherings.

It is the presenter’s view that people often lack an understanding of what Welcome to Country speeches are about and insist on having them, without know why.

Welcome to Country speeches have become part of many official programs today and many different gatherings and events.

In this seminar, Dr Curtis Roman, a local Larrakia man who has performed many welcome to country speeches and is regularly requested to deliver Welcome to Country speeches, will provide his view on Welcome to Country speeches.

It is his contention that Welcome to Country speeches are used so often today that they are often tokenistic in nature and mean very little in the context of the event.

The seminar will be his views as someone who has performed many Welcome to Country speeches in the past.

This seminar will be of value to people working in or interested in issues such as reconciliation, Indigenous staff recruitment and development and Indigenous community engagement.

The seminar will be delivered in an informal manner so it is safe and inclusive where people feel free to ask questions.

The Presenter – Dr Curtis Roman

Dr Curtis Roman is Head of School at the School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy at Charles Darwin University. Dr Roman is the first and only Indigenous man to be awarded a PhD from Charles Darwin University. Dr Roman has taught at higher education level in different disciplines and now spends much of his time supervising masters and PhD students.

Dr Roman is currently undertaking a small research project focussing on Indigenous folklore.