The area was recognized for its global ecological significance in 1988 when it was inscribed on the World Heritage List, but it was not until 2012 that the significance of the culture of the indigenous peoples of the rainforest was recognized. recognized when it was inscribed on the national heritage list.
An important step forward
“This grant will certainly help both to meet the aspirations of Indigenous Rainforest Peoples within the tourism industry and to satisfy visitors’ interest in being able to access authentic Indigenous cultural experiences.” “This is an important step forward. A culture that is built on respect for the oldest continuous culture in the world, which incorporates an Indigenous voice and is led by Indigenous peoples.
“Ensuring Indigenous values and perspectives are recognized is essential to sustaining such an important place, both culturally and ecologically,” said Ms. Grant.
Bringing together the indigenous peoples of the rainforest
The next phase of the project will be to bring together Indigenous Rainforest Peoples, various key organizations and stakeholders to develop the initiative in a way that meaningfully respects the rights and voice of Indigenous Rainforest Peoples.
One of the Authority’s Board Directors, Ailsa Lively, a Gunggandi woman, who has strong cultural ties to the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage areas, said: “We believe that such an initiative is essential to ensure that those who work with Indigenous Peoples, now and in the future, build connections based on truth, insight and are grounded in the principles of genuine reconciliation. It will also enrich the visitor experience and increase appreciation, understanding and recognition of the area in a culturally appropriate way – one that respects the unique rights and custodial responsibilities held by the indigenous peoples of the rainforest.