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04 Jul 2018



National Indigenous Fire Workshop 2018

Project summary

On 12-15 July 2018, the four-day 2018 National Indigenous Fire Workshop was held at Bundanon in Yuin Country on the New South Wales south coast. Convened by the Firesticks Alliance and hosted by the Mudjingaalbaraga Firesticks Team, Bundanon Trust, Mulong and Cape York NRM and the workshop was attended by 296 participants, mostly from across eastern Australia. Participants came from as far north as Napranum, Cape York in northern Queensland to Truwana in Tasmania, and from the APY Lands in Central Australia. The last day of the workshop was a Cultural Fire Day that was open to the public, attended by an additional 86 people.

  • Background

    The National Indigenous Fire Workshop evolved from the Awu-Laya Elders fire management research project in Cape York along with the foresight and teachings of Cape York fire practitioners and respected Kuku Thaypan Elders, the late Dr George Musgrave and Dr Tommy George. Their work has gone on to inspire communities all over the country and brought people together to learn about Aboriginal fire management and appropriate research methodologies. This was the tenth annual National Indigenous Fire Workshop and is the first time the event has left its birth-place of Cape York and travelled to honour other communities within the Indigenous fire networks.

  • Project activities

    Workshop participants learn first-hand how to read Country, animals, trees, seasons, and understand the cultural responsibility of looking after Country. This grant assisted with on-country delivery of the workshop by Mulon and was funded from proceeds from the NIFW ticket sales.

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