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.
Snake by Ray Thomas. Gunai Kurnai Artist
has developed a framework for working in partnership with Traditional Owners. It is underpinned by 10 principles respecting & enabling the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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
Support for cultural expression
Traditional Owner control of cultural heritage.
Recognition of traditional knowledge, language & history.
Download a copy of Managing Country Together Framework.