International and local guests will be welcomed in Canberra tomorrow morning with a traditional smoking ceremony and welcome by Ngunnawal elder Dr Matilda House.

The opening ceremony for the First Nations Governance Forum will be held at 8am on the grounds of Old Parliament House, where the two day forum is taking place.

The First Nations Governance Forum, hosted by ANU, brings together Australia's First Peoples and international guests to progress the national conversation towards recognition of First Nations in the Constitution.

The Forum will also involve the first hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Media are invited to attend the opening ceremony, as well as the forum.


What: Smoking ceremony and welcome to country, First Nations Governance Forum

When: Tuesday 3 July from 8am

Where: Turning circle at rear of Old Parliament House

For media assistance, contact Jo Meehan +61 436 605 635 or the ANU Media Team on +61 2 6125 7979 or at <>.

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