Cultural Land and Sea Management

FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES

As the first landcarers, First Nations people have a continuous and deep connection to Country. They have an understanding of Country that encompasses the physical, spiritual and cultural landscape.

First Nations people have been on Country for at least 50,000 years, an incredibly long time compared to almost all other cultures on earth. Indigenous culture has adapted to massive climate and environmental changes. With climate change steadily progressing to a tipping point, continued large-scale land clearing, recurring droughts, catastrophic bushfires and invasive pest species reducing Australia’s biodiversity and long-term prosperity, navigating our challenging future will require wider sources of knowledge to guide our strategies and environmental management practices.

First Nations people’s cultural land management knowledge, built up over 1000’s of years needs to be better respected and integrated into Land Management practices across Australia through meaningful education for landcare and collaboration with Indigenous rangers.

First Nations people’s connection to Country provides a rich source of knowledge for better land and water management, and fire management policies. With our stakeholders, Landcare Australia has made available articles, videos and other resources to help landcarers and land managers appropriately integrate First Nations people’s knowledge and more recent knowledge, into building ecological and community resilience.

The resources demonstrate how cultural land and sea management practices can appropriately help landcarers and land managers apply the learnings to better understand the ecology of their landscape and manage weeds, promote native regrowth, and improve biodiversity for species recovery so that we can move forward together to care for our country.

FIRST NATIONS PERSPECTIVES LANGUAGE GUIDELINE

The content for the First Nations Perspectives Language Guidelines was developed for Landcare Australia. The purpose of this information is to provide a useful introductory resource for educators using Junior Landcare resources, for landcare groups and other environmental community groups, and for individuals. This is dynamic content and we understand that some information may change from time to time. Read an overview of Caring for Country, Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage, Traditional Land Management Practices, Water is Sacred, Working with First Nations Communities, Understanding Key Principles and Protocols, Traditional Welcome, Welcome to Country or Acknowledgement of Country, Glossary of Terms and Style Guide. Click to read.

FIRE AND WATER, HEALING COUNTRY AND PEOPLE PRODUCED BY LANDCARE AUSTRALIA

This film is an important legacy from the National Landcare Conference 2021. Following Victor and Barry allows us to see through the eyes of Indigenous land managers why actively managing Country is important for people and for Country. The film reminds us all as Landcarers, that there are many ways of looking at Country and that Country will be healthier if we work in partnership and trust together.

EXPLORE RESOURCES:

2021 NATIONAL LANDCARE CONFERENCE EDUCATION RESOURCES

ARTICLES ABOUT CULTURAL BURNS AND LAND MANAGEMENT

VIDEOS ABOUT FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE CARING FOR COUNTRY

NATIONAL LANDCARE AWARD WINNERS: INDIGENOUS LAND MANAGEMENT AWARD

WEBINAR RECORDING

Listen to find out how property owners and Landcare groups can work with First Nations people and better integrate Traditional values into Landcare practices and communities. David King, from Gully Traditional Owners Blue Mountains NSW, and Jackson Chatfield, State-wide Aboriginal Landcare Facilitator, shared their thoughts on community connection, the Indigenous perspective on reading country, and how restoration can be viewed through this lens.

The session was facilitated by Craig Aspinall, Community Landcare Aboriginal Engagement Officer with Landcare NSW.

Subscribe to the Landcare Webinar Series just once to attend any live sessions in the series.

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