For tens of thousands of years, Australia’s Indigenous people managed environments with fire, using fire sticks to light carefully timed burns in the right places. That traditional practice now gives its name to the organisation helping to revive it – The Firesticks Alliance.
Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation helps build cultural learning pathways to fire and land management. It brings Indigenous and non- Indigenous people together to look after country and share experiences. Firesticks is now a highly regarded national organisation. Its co-founder Oliver Costello talks about the revival of Indigenous fire practice, the opportunities he believes it creates, the challenges facing fire practitioners, and the importance of using fire to heal country.
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