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In this NAIDOC roundtable,Virginia Marshall discusses how crucial it is that Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people’s environmental knowledge is shared, but in a way that allows Indigenous peoples to lead in the application of that knowledge.
“Knowledge is also part of our obligation and so is sharing our knowledge. So many people are aware that we like to share our knowledge of our environment - you see that with fire practices - but there is also knowledge of medicine making, environmental indicators… all of those areas of knowledge are really important.
“But people are still not consciously aware that they’ve got to have Indigenous peoples lead and that’s really critical. Yes, we want to share, that knowledge of 60-80,000 years to share…but we need to lead.”
Listen to the full roundtable with Virginia Marshall, Victor Steffensen and Amelia Telford on ABC online.