The first event in the Living Letters Team visit program took place tonight at an informal dinner with NT Church leaders. The team was welcomed to Larrakia Country by Elder Cathie Wilson.

Good Evening and welcome to Larrakia Country. My name is Cathie Wilson. I am an Elder of the Larrakia Clan.

 A warm welcome to members of the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches and distinguished guests.

 First off I would like to thank the organisers for inviting me here.

 I thank you for the respect you show us, the Traditional Custodians of the Land we stand on today.

 The Larrakia People are the Traditional Owners of the Land and Waters of the Greater Darwin Region, including Darwin Peninsula, the Cox Peninsula, most of Gunn Point, Channel Island, Rural Darwin, Darwin Harbour and adjacent Islands and land west of the Howard River and although our boundaries extend up to 50 kilometres in land we are often referred to as saltwater people.

 I wish you well for your Living Letters visit, and your endeavours.

 We thank and praise God for the gift of this beautiful country and for its first inhabitants.

 May we care for this land and for one another in a way that is pleasing to God our creator.

 In the words of another Larrakia Elder, Wally Fejo;

“You have come by way of the Larrakia Land.

You will hear the voice of the Larrakia Ancestors

And you will go taking something of the Larrakia Spirit with you”.

 On that note I welcome you to Gwalwa Daranigki – our land.

 So Mumuk!