Gunaikurnai Country & culture

We are committed to working in partnership with traditional owners of the land and waters. Gunaikurnai Land & Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLAWAC) have expressed interest in our project & welcome any genuine engagement.We are aware that working with aboriginal communities requires a deep level of respect & understanding of the complexity of their role in the repatriation & protection of their cultural heritage & their rights.

Gunaikurnai "connection to Country & culture" is the model & the heart of our co-design approach.

Sanctuary E.G. recommends that all communities read the Gunaikurnai Whole of Country Plan & contemplate with respect the role of First Nation culture as the most relevant & powerful aspect of regional identity. Aboriginal cultural heritage is living & includes:

• tangible values such as places, objects, landscapes, archaeological sites, past land-uses & industries, & built structures; &

• intangible values like song-lines, music, drama, skills, crafts, cultural practices & the other parts of culture that can be recorded but cannot be touched; that are of aesthetic, historic, scientific, social or spiritual value for past, present or future generations.

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Snake by Ray Thomas. Gunai Kurnai Artist
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Parks Victoria

has developed a framework for working in partnership with Traditional Owners. It is underpinned by 10 principles respecting & enabling the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Principles:

  • Managing for cultural & natural values

  • Honoring formal recognition processes

  • Recognition of Traditional Owner priorities & aspirations

  • Effective collaboration & partnerships

  • Respect for Aboriginal governance systems & self-determination

  • Appropriate engagement

  • Locally-tailored approaches

  • Support for cultural expression

  • Traditional Owner control of cultural heritage.

  • Recognition of traditional knowledge, language & history.

Download a copy of  Managing Country Together Framework.