Aboriginal perspectives about the health of Country
The EPA is grateful for the generous involvement of the Aboriginal Peoples Knowledge Group in preparing this report. Our gratitude extends to many other Aboriginal people who shared views, values and knowledge to enhance understanding of the health of the NSW environment.
You can read more about the work of the Knowledge Group and its members, and the EPA’s Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal People.
“Sharing what Country means to us brings pride back to our people.
Looking after Country is looking after everything that sustains us.”
– Wally Stewart, Walbunja Nation
Hear our stories about Country
For the first time, Aboriginal people were given the opportunity to contribute their knowledge of our state’s unique environment and how to care for it in the NSW State of the Environment Report.
In addition to these written contributions, a video series was produced featuring Aboriginal people talking about the Country where they live and how Traditional Custodians have managed it sustainably for thousands of years.
These stories showcase how learning from Aboriginal people, their knowledge gained over thousands of years, gives us a better understanding of our environment and how to manage it.
Video: Aboriginal perspectives about the health of Country series
These stories showcase how learning from the knowledge of Aboriginal people, gained over thousands of years, will give us a better understanding of our environment and how to manage it.
The overview page for each of the report's themes includes a section that provides 'Aboriginal Perspectives' on the issues and topics covered within the theme. Click on the 'Key message' link in the table to read these perspectives.
You can discover more about how Aboriginal knowledges have been included within specific topics in the 'Related topics' column.
Table 1: How Aboriginal content is included in the State of the Environment Report
|Theme||Key message||Related topics|
|Climate and Air||
This information is also in the, , , and topics
|Water and Marine||
See also Threatened Species row above
Current for the 2021 State of the Environment report.
- The Aboriginal Peoples Knowledge Group and its members
- Acknowledgement of Country
- EPA Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal People
- EPA Organisational identity - Integrating Aboriginal perspectives into our work
Throughout the report, the Aboriginal Peoples Knowledge Group has identified future opportunities for improving the care, protection and management of the environment. Of these, the group has identified three overarching opportunities for the NSW Government, academic institutions and the public:
- That more scientific, biodiversity and conservation (environmental management) committees include membership of Aboriginal people, and that this outcome be measured through a future additional State of the Environment indicator.
- That Aboriginal knowledges and cultures are valued and promoted alongside western sciences.
- Inclusion of Aboriginal people in decision-making and programs that aim to sustain healthy native vegetation, animals and Country.