Indigenous deal to help safeguard culture (The Australian)

Indigenous groups from around the country will have a direct say in the reform of the nation’s cultural heritage protection systems underan agreement set to be signed by the federal government.

In the latest step taken by the government after last year’s destruction of the Juukan Gorge rock shelters by mining giant Rio Tinto, the government will announce on Monday a partnership- Indigenous deal to help safeguard culture with the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance in which a majority-Indigenous working group will develop proposals to shape the reform of federal heritage laws.

It comes just a month after a federal parliamentary inquiry into the Juukan Gorge incident slammed state and federal cultural heritage legislation as inadequate and called for an overarching federal legislative framework that would bolster the protection of culturally significant sites.

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Article source: The Australian