Indigenous Australians are often referred to as â€˜the First Peoplesâ€™ of Australia, and the inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in being recognised as official national flags in 1995 by the Keating Federal Government, alongside the Australian flag, embues First Peoples with national recognition. The national discussion and consultation to reform Australiaâ€™s Constitution has failed to progress a proposal to enshrine Australiaâ€™s First Peoples recognition in the preamble of the constitution. The Australian Federal Government also dismissed the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which calls for a national Indigenous voice to parliament and the concept of a Makarrata, to facilitate the truth-telling about Australiaâ€™s violent history. This great southern continent experiences long periods of drought, intense fires and periodic intense flooding across Australia. However, Australian society has barely engaged with First Peoples and their unique knowledge of this land, whether traditional or revitalised, including their exemplary sustainable management through â€˜Caring for Countryâ€™. This chapter examines the benefits of Indigenous peopleâ€™s knowledge exercised through their laws, customs, practices and polity, and analyses the significant impact resulting from generations of settler Australians ignoring Indigenous ontology and knowledge.
|Title of host publication
|Clan and Tribal Perspectives on Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability
|James C. Spee, Adela McMurray, Mark McMillan
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2021