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We acknowledge...

Acknowledgment of Country

Taxonomy Australia respectfully acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia, their deep relationships and inherent connections to Country including biodiversity, and we recognise Elders past, present and emerging.


We acknowledge and respect Indigenous knowledge and stewardship of Country and Indigenous ways of being on Country.

The word ‘discovery’ is used extensively by Taxonomy Australia, including on this website. We acknowledge that the continent of Australia and its teeming biodiversity were discovered by its First Peoples many millennia ago, when the first human footsteps were made on an Australian shore. We use ‘discovery’ in the specific context of the Western scientific tradition, while acknowledging that there remain unresolved and important conversations to be had about the Western notion of discovery and the recognition of First Nations peoples and their knowledge.


We value different knowledge systems and perspectives and welcome all opportunities for First Peoples and Western scientific taxonomists to work together to better understand and care for the plants, animals, fungi and other organisms of this vast continent.

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