Why New Zealand is granting a river the same rights as a citizen
This is very significant step towards recognising and granting legal rights to the earth and more-than-human entities. Recognising the agency of the more-than-human world (nature) and granting legal rights to entities such as rivers and to ecosystems is essential to protecting and sustaining sacred connections.
Image: The Whanganui River on New Zealand’s North Island will soon be given legal personhood. (Flickr/Kathrin and Stefan Marks/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
An important episode of Living Black which reveals the extent of de-listing of Indigenous heritage sites by the Western Australian Government:
Saving the Burrup
This episode also includes footage of the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail and interviews with Goolarabooloo Traditional owners regarding the legacy that they seek to carry on in the face of industrial development of their ancestral lands.
A very important and provocative article published in yesterday’s The Guardian online: What if Aboriginal people helped all Australians to connect to country?
A beautifully produced radio documentary by ABC’s Earshot – Unmapping: Big Sky. Both country and Aboriginal people making ancient and ongoing people-place connections visible.
A wonderful article came up in my news feed a few weeks ago and I haven’t made time to write about it. In lieu of a proper post, here is a link to the article Sacred sites: Alice Springs Aboriginal elder leads tours in bid for better understanding published on the ABC new website. The words of senior Arrernte woman Doris Stuart, who is featured in this article, resonate deeply with me. She, like many other Indigenous elders around the Australia continent, are sharing their stories for country with non-Indigenous people. My own experience of walking country with elders and hearing dreaming stories is that it has opened up for me new ways of seeing and relating with the land.
Doris says this about being with her country:
“You could feel that power coming out, you know, because that was your connection, you had your identity … Family had to close their eyes because these are family we’re talking about, they’re not just trees; we’re one and the same.”