First Nations engagement
The Limestone Coast Landscape Board acknowledges and respects the traditional owners of the ancestral lands of the region. We acknowledge elders past and present and we respect the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to country.
This project supports non-biased Kalawa (talk to one another) between the Board and key Aboriginal organisations within the Limestone Coast. The Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator will coordinate Kalawa and support Aboriginal led partnerships and projects.
Through Kalawa, opportunities for Aboriginal inclusion in landscape management will be identified and progressed.
Cultural Connections through Community
Lartar-Wirkeri Cultural Governance
In 2008 the South East Aboriginal Focus Group (SEAFG) began the journey to revive cultural governance framework as a way of securing ownership of culture in a highly modified landscape. Lartara-Wirkeri translates to sticks-three and is a contemporary application of ancient form of communication and organisation. The Three sticks represent different stages of engagement to process. Song & Dance (we will celebrate when…), Ceremony & Talk (Plan together…) and Hunt & Gather (Do Together…). The framework respects ancestors and uses cultural symbology to promote First Nation autonomy.
In 2015 the Lartara-Wirkeri Cultural Governance framework developed into a Cultural Governance agreement between the South East Aboriginal Focus Group (SEAFG) and Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation. This agreement maps out a working relationship where the SEAFG provide the cultural knowledge in decision making and Burrandies provide the business delivery mechanism to undertake fee for service works and program delivery.
To find out more about Burrandies Cultural Connections visit their facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/burrandies/
South East Aboriginal Focus Group
A Memorandum of Understanding between the South East Aboriginal Focus Group and the Limestone Coast Landscape Board has been developed and agreed to by the Aboriginal Focus Group.
The group meets regularly to discuss various natural resource management issues in relation to Aboriginal owned or managed land. One of the key roles of the group is to provide the board with advice regarding natural resource management issues.
Yarning the South East Seasons
This project connects land holders with the South East Aboriginal Focus Group representatives and the Limestone Coast Landscape Board staff where they can share stories and knowledge about land use and management. Whilst, respecting and protecting cultural heritage.
Check out the clip below to find out more information about the Yarning the South East Season's project.