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First Nations people

Increasing clean energy interest in First Nations Countries requires prioritising cultural safety, security and proficiency. If managed sensitively and respectfully, the energy transition offers a chance to bring meaningful outcomes for First Nations Peoples and revitalise their future.

First Nations’ Country is not simply an energy asset – rather, it embodies a complex system of interconnected relationships between People and Country, forming a cohesive BioCultural whole. Each Country contains a rich blend of natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial, and built capital, all of which are crucial for First Nations Communities’ self-determination and sustainable livelihoods, and to inform energy project developments.

Areas of focus

  • Cultural landscapes and energy transition  
  • BioCultural systems, heritage and biodiversity conservation 
  • Community engagement and collaborative project design  
  • Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and asset use  
  • Community development and sustainability 
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

Impact and outcomes

  • Contribution to First Nations Communities to document BioCultural systems, visions and aspirations and create a valuable framework to inform energy developments
  • Development of genuine co-designed research projects that can deliver concrete effective outcomes to First Nations Communities
  • Contribution to Australian State and Federal Governments to design Clean Energy Policies that incorporate First Nations demands 
  • Development of the Indigenous Energy Landscapes Research Network involving domestic and international organisations

Ongoing projects