The Welcome to Country ceremony has become a frequent way to open events in Australia. It acknowledges the traditional owners of the land and welcomes the event participants. Michael West is a cultural representative of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council who are the traditional custodians of the Land, Air, Water and Culture with their boundaries. Michael is a member of the Stolen Generations and is an Aboriginal man of the Gamilaroi Nation. He has 20 years experience as a State and Federal Public Servant, and 15 years working with Aboriginal Communities. Michael is a Delegate for the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples. Michael operates Guwaali (Gamilaroi: talk, speak and converse) consultancy with core focus of Reconciliation encompassing, Reconciliation Action Plans, Cultural Education, Diversity, Healing, Indigenous Engagement, Analytics and Knowledge Transference. http://www.guwaali.com.au/ ------------------- TEDxSydney 2011 took place on Saturday 28 May 2011 at CarriageWorks. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the day: 800 in the theatre, over 1,000 via big screen simulcast in The Forum, up to 48,000 online via YouTube ... and up to 80,000 tuning in to ABC Radio National. It was a grand day. About TEDx, x = independently organised event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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