WHO WE ARE

The First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance is a coalition of member organisations representing First Nations Peoples from across Australia - including major Native Title, Land Rights, Traditional Owner, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-Controlled Organisations

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A historic meeting was held on the 17th June 2020, following the shocking destruction of the sacred 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge Caves in the Pilbara, Western Australia, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from across the nation – representing Aboriginal Land Councils, Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations – expressed their outrage at the destruction, vowing to pursue national reforms to prevent this from ever happening again. A mandate was created to strengthen and modernise Cultural Heritage laws and to create industry reforms that ensure Indigenous Cultural Heritage is valued and protected for the future.

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65,000 Years.
Over 3,000 Generations.
More Than 300 Languages.

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Photographer: Benjamin Warlngundu Ellis

HOW WE WORK

The Alliance strives to enhance the capacity of First Nations Peoples to fully manage and control their Cultural Heritage, fostering self-determination to benefit culturally, spiritually and economically.

The Alliance seeks to strengthen the laws, policies and procedures around the recognition, respect, protection and celebration of First Nations Cultural Heritage in Australia.

The Alliance signed a partnership agreement government to develop agreed mechanisms, including legislative reform, to modernise protections.

The strength of the Alliance comes from the breadth and diversity of our membership, and the unified position we seek on heritage protection matters.

The Alliance works in solidarity with First Nations organisations internationally.

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ALLIANCE GOVERNANCE

The First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance is hosted and managed by the National Native Title Council and guided by the following principles:

Mutual respect and trust
Respect for the independence and expertise of each member organisation and the role and responsibilities held by each organisation.
Equality and social inclusion
Adhere to the principles of equality and social inclusion, recognising each signatory is an equal member and will contribute equally throughout this collaboration.
Direction
Provide demonstrated leadership through courage, vision and commitment.
Transparency
Be transparent and act with integrity.
Diversity
Respect the diversity of opinions and unique objectives of each member organisation.
Decision-making
Understand, respect and commit to the decisions of the Alliance.
Sustained outcomes
Commit to work collaboratively to work towards achieving positive and sustained outcomes for First Nations Peoples and their Cultural Heritage
Sharing
Share and transfer knowledge, skills and expertise to other members.
Integrity
At all times, act with integrity.
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Alliance Governance

FIRST NATIONS HERITAGE PROTECTION ALLIANCE (THE ALLIANCE)
Member organisations from every state & territory consisting of: National Peak Organisation Members, Regional Representation Members, Local Members and Associate Members
LEADERSHIP WORKING GROUP (LWG)
  • Kado Muir (Co-chair)
  • Natalie Rotumah (Co-chair)
QLD
  • Cape York Land Council
  • Nth QLD Land Council
  • QLD south Native Title Services
WA
  • Kimberley Land Council
  • Yamatji Marla Aboriginal Corporation
NT
  • Central Land Council
  • Northern Land Council
TAS
  • TAS Aboriginal Land Council
  • TRACA
SA
  • South Australian Native Title Services
NSW
  • NTSCORP
ACT
  • Ngambri Rep
VIC
  • Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
Torres Strait
  • Gur A Baradharaw Kod Sea and Land Council
National
  • National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • National Native Title Council
Role of the LWG
The LWG is empowered to manage the business of the Alliance between General Meetings, in accordance with decisions made by the full Alliance. It provides instructions to the Alliance members on the JWG and will also endorse the option ultimately presented to the Minister.
ALLIANCE SECRETARIAT
Hosted by the: National Native Title Council
Role of the Alliance Secretariat
The role of the secretariat is to implement the work of the Alliance and the LWG, providing administrative, organisational and policy support and public relations.
DHAWURA NGILAN BUSINESS & INVESTOR INITIATIVE
Role of the Steerco
The Steerco is the decision making group for the DNBII.
Role of the Technical Working Group
The TWG does the day-to-day work and implementation of DNBII projects.
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OUR TEAM

Co-chairs

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Leon Yeatman

Leon Yeatman is the CEO at North Queensland Land Council. A proud Gunggandji man from Yarrabah with connections to Yalanji, Yidinji and Kalkadoon nations, he has extensive history in executive management roles and leadership roles (predominantly in QLD).

Leon is committed to playing a positive role in the indigenous sector and progressing the valuable work started by our elders and  leaders who have gone before us. He is passionate about Indigenous Affairs and believes that we have the solutions to our issues - by working together we can overcome our challenges.

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Natalie Rotumah

Natalie Rotumah is the CEO of NTSCORP. She was previously the company’s Deputy CEO and Chief Operations Officer. A Bundjalung woman originally from South Tweed Heads, she has worked for NTSCORP in a variety of capacities since 2002.

She previously served as a NSW Aboriginal Land Council Regional Chair and a representative on the NSW Natural Resources Advisory Committee.

Currently Natalie also sits as the Deputy Chair of the NSW Government’s Aboriginal Fishing Advisory Council.

"In assessing where we are today, the Alliance has a clear vision of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Heritage.

We view our Cultural Heritage as having no barriers. We view it as holistic. We view it as being First Nations led with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at the forefront of decision making.

We view our Cultural Heritage as an opportunity to support First Nations economic prosperity. We view it as empowering Traditional Owners as protectors of their Cultural Heritage on behalf of their communities and all other peoples. We see a future where Cultural awareness is better understood and respected by all Australians."

– Kado Muir
Former Co-Chair, FNHPA