Advocating for the Protection
and Celebration of First Nations
Cultural Heritage


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are the custodians of an unbroken cultural legacy spanning many millennia.

The rich stories of the people and the landscapes of this country make Australia unique. First Nations Cultural Heritage tells the story of our past, present, and future.

Every day in Australia First Nations Cultural Heritage is being destroyed, damaged, desecrated, or disturbed. The destruction of the 46,000-year-old Juukan Caves by Rio Tinto horrified the world but was not an isolated occurrence nor was it illegal.

The laws to protect First Nations Cultural Heritage in Australia are broken – urgent reforms are required.

Conversational call to action

65,000 years. Over 3,000 generations. More than 300 languages.

Photo: Justin McManus    


April 17, 2024

Preserve, protect, empower: Join the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council: Shepparton News
By Taylah Baker Victorian Traditional Owners are invited to apply for positions on the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and play a key role in protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage. Four council positions...
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April 17, 2024

Tasmanian Devil tooth among significant finds at Juukan cave site: NITV
Artefacts and braided hair are among “mind blowing” finds from excavations of 46,000-year-old rock shelters in Western Australia, notoriously destroyed by Rio Tinto. The Juukan Gorge caves in the Pilbara...
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April 16, 2024

Tasmanian Devil tooth among ‘mind-blowing’ finds in destroyed Juukan Gorge cave: The Age
By Peter Milne The first physical evidence that Tasmanian Devils once lived in the Pilbara is among the discoveries made by archaeologists investigating what is left of a rock shelter...
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Ngarrinderji Kaurna Elder and Traditional Owner Major Moogy Sumner

Join us in Protecting
Our National Treasures

First Nations Cultural Heritage is 65,000 years of culture and history that must be protected for all future generations, for all Australians and people the world over.

The damage to First Nations Cultural Heritage is a systemic issue. The laws and policies in place to protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage are for the most part woefully inadequate – focused more on the regulation and facilitation of destruction than the protection of heritage.

We urge and invite people from all backgrounds and all sections of Australian society to gather and support our call to collectively celebrate and protect Australia’s Cultural Heritage.

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