Dhawura Ngilan Business
& Investor Initiative

Dhawura Ngilan Business & Investor Initiative

The Dhawura Ngilan Business and Investor Initiative brings together First Nations, business and investor communities, and is focused on strengthening Australia’s First People’s heritage laws and standards for the private sector to uphold the human rights of First Peoples​​.

Led by the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance in partnership with the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) and Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), this Initiative sees protecting cultural heritage as the responsibility of all Australians, including the finance and business sectors.

The Initiative was formed with the intention to align peak bodies of responsible business and investment with the aspirations of First Nations, and to provide avenues to improve business’s respect for the cultural heritage of our First Nations Peoples, particularly those businesses that work on Country everyday.

This Initiative gives business and investor communities a positive and constructive way to contribute to the Dhawura Ngilan (Remembering Country) vision, which is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working with all Australians to identify, protect, conserve and communicate the unique heritage of Australia for future generations.

It aims to build partnerships and deliver resources that provide guidance to investors and businesses to engage with First Nations Peoples more respectfully. The Initiative will also support heritage protection laws that uphold the human rights of First Peoples to self-determination and free, prior and informed consent.

This initiative is working to adapt the Dhawura Ngilan vision and best practice standards to provide practical guidance to businesses and investors on how to ensure that their actions and policies contribute to the protection of First Nations’ cultural heritage protection instead of its destruction.  The initiative has engaged the services of Terri Janke and Company to do this work, including conducting consultations with stakeholders.

 

Joint Statement

Australians as a people are enriched by the cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This cultural heritage is at the core of our First Nations’ identity, spirituality and well-being. It is also at the core of the identity of modern Australia that can trace its origins well before colonial incursions. It is the shared joy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage that leads to our collective responsibility to protect and celebrate it.

Dhawura Ngilan (Remembering Country) is a vision that embodies the long-held aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for their heritage. It aims to collectively work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to identify, protect, conserve, present and transmit for future generations the unique heritage of Australia.

 Rio Tinto on the traditional lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (Binigura) peoples marked a turning point in the broader awareness of the value and importance of Country and cultural heritage for not only First Peoples but for all Australians. As a result, new and unlikely partnerships are being formed. These partnerships aim to reconcile and build a collective understanding of place, that recognises the significance of Country and heritage as foundations for a more resilient, dynamic and connected society.

As a conduit, the Dhawura Ngilan Business and Investor Initiative brings together First Nations, investor and business communities to create a shared vision for strengthening Australia’s Aboriginal heritage laws and standards for the private sector that uphold the human rights of First Peoples, in line with international agreements and community expectations.

Led by the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance, Responsible Investment Association Australasia, and the Global Compact Network Australia, this initiative acknowledges that protecting cultural heritage is the responsibility of all Australians, inclusive of investor and business communities.

The enterprise aims to build partnerships and deliver resources to enable investors and business to engage with First Nations Peoples more respectfully and effectively in a way that upholds the human rights of First Peoples to self-determination and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

Access the RIAA Investor Toolkit here: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Cultural Heritage Protection

Access the ACSI research and policy here: Company engagement with First Nations people