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Scott Falconer

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Victoria Emergency Services > Fire And Rescue
The Lord Mayor's Bushfire Appeal Churchill Fellowship to create close partnerships with and jobs for traditional owners in fire and land management - USA, Canada
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Major Lessons and Recommendations

  1. The legal rights and connection of Aboriginal people to Country must be recognised and, where possible, formal agreements established between government agencies and representative Aboriginal parties to guide and hold parties accountable.
  2. Trust must be actively established between parties, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. This must go beyond the normal understanding of external relationship management and will require new methods of engagement to create enduring personal and professional relationships.
  3. Agency employees will need to go beyond their official roles to build ongoing relationships and build the requisite trust to sustain healthy ongoing partnerships and collaborations.
  4. Develop guidance to ensure agencies recognise Aboriginal Sovereign Jurisdiction regarding Traditional Ecological Knowledge, including protection and management of Cultural Fire Knowledge.
  5. Fire awareness and basic fire training should include integrated elements of fire management from western science perspectives and Traditional Ecological Knowledge perspectives.
  6. Prioritisation needs to be given to creation of designated Aboriginal positions, and other employment pathways, to assist implementing Cultural Burning across Victoria and other jurisdictions.
  7. Develop a knowledge repository and knowledge network to allow sharing of information across jurisdictions regarding Cultural Burning and related issues.
  8. Develop flexibility in the existing fire regulatory framework to allow greater participation of Elders and family groups in Cultural Burning.
  9. Support participation in interstate and international networks and exchanges that promote knowledge sharing and lessons learned about the reintroduction of Cultural Burning.
  10. Support Traditional Owners to build a science based research program than enables them to realise their aspirations in cultural fire management and the custodianship of Country. 

Keywords: Traditional Burning, Cultural Burning, Prescribed Fire, Self Determination, Bushfire

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