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.
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