The Limestone Coast Landscape Board believes Reconciliation Week is the ideal opportunity to highlight that we all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, to collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures and futures.
Limestone Coast Landscape Board First Nations Partnerships Engagement Coordinator David New said through its Walking Together Statement of Commitment, the board was committed to learn from and work with First Nations partners while actively seeking their ideas and aspirations for managing Country.
The statement reflects the Lartara-Wirkeri Cultural Governance framework that was developed by the South East Aboriginal Focus Group in conjunction with the board as a tool to create change and explore opportunities of working partnerships.
‘Be Brave. Make Change.’ is the theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week.
There are many projects across the region currently working with First Nations people in relation to landscape management.
“Working together to understand how we can care for Country is important to all generations, it is important that we share this amongst our community,” Mr New said.
“Being brave and making change is what has strengthened the relationship between Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation and Limestone Coast Landscape Board.”
Burrandies chief executive officer Robyn Campbell said the collaborative approach had provided both organisations with opportunities to enhance cultural practice in land management.
“The collaborative partnership is providing opportunities for many First Nations people in the region, being out on Country and caring for the environment and sharing knowledge is such a magnificent experience for all,” she said.
For further information on how you can strengthen First Nations partnerships within your organisation, contact Robyn at Burrandies on 8725 6200 or David at the Limestone Coast Landscape Board on 8735 1204.