Everyone has a responsibility in respecting and preserving First Nations people’s cultural heritage.
That is one of the messages Wet Tropics Management Authority staff took from recent cultural capability training, delivered by Mandingalbay Yidinji and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.
Authority staff joined Parks staff at Mandingalbay Yidinji’s Djunbunji Land and Sea Rangers headquarters in June for two days of workshops and interpretive walks.
The group considered the concept of men's and women’s business as it relates to engaging with Traditional Owner groups, and took time out to share stories and experiences with rangers around topics such as family and country.
A fascinating and powerful interactive activity illuminated for many participants the broken cultural connections that resulted from Traditional Owners having been disconnected from country.
The conservation of World Heritage values in the Wet Tropics is linked with that of Rainforest Aboriginal cultural and spiritual values.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority recognises that management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area needs to consider the traditional knowledge and expertise of Rainforest Aboriginal people as being interconnected with contemporary natural resource management.
We thank Mandingalbay Yidinji Aboriginal Corporation for hosting this valuable training activity and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for their generous support.