Caring for the Country funding to support Indigenous environmental initiatives

The Queensland government has announced that funding of $ 500,000 will be made available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organizations for land and sea conservation efforts.

Up to $ 75,000 will be available for each project related to the conservation or restoration of lands and seas.

Applications for projects such as events, conservation of cultural sites or educational programs that share knowledge of the country, habitat restoration and traditional fire management will be accepted until August 9.

In a statement released Tuesday, Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the funding would bolster the “great strides” the Queensland government has already made towards a path to the treaty.

“The theme for this year’s NAIDOC is ‘Healing Country: Embracing First Nations Cultural Knowledge and Understanding’, and that’s exactly what these grants are for,” said Scanlon.

“First Nations communities have played a central and powerful role in protecting the environment, culture and heritage for tens of thousands of years.

The minister added that the “Looking after Country” program built on a similar funding program last year. The 2020 program also led to the creation of 25 new jobs as part of the state government’s COVID-19 economic stimulus plan.

One of the 2020 grants supported the work of The traditional owners of Goorathuntha will be carrying out a women’s healing group project at Mt Tabor station, near Warwick.

The project helped establish two women’s healing camps that Bidjara women used to visit and connect with their strong cultural heritage, where women are invited to spend time learning about Elder culture and designing. planning protection measures for cultural heritage sites.

Leann Wilson, a Bidjara and Kara-Kara woman, said the camp offered her an experience of “discovery, celebration and reconnection.”

This opportunity allowed me to connect with a family I didn’t know and in a country I had never been to, ”Wilson said.

“I walked in the footsteps of my ancestors, I felt their presence, I understood and I embraced resilience… and at those times my spirit grew stronger.

Another successful project from 2020 undertook a survey of the heritage site and management plan at Balabay (Weary Bay) near Bloomfield.

The Dabu Jajikal Aboriginal Corporation project aims to conserve Jajikal cultural heritage and facilitate visits to the land of the elders to study the sites.

The program also includes a workshop with families, a study of documented cases and the development of a management plan.

All local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils, Aboriginal societies, and corporations and non-profit organizations wishing to apply for the 2021 Looking after Country Grants are encouraged to find out more on the Queensland Department of Environment website.


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