Australian Indigenous Rangers Tour to Canada
From the Kimberley to Vancouver – Australian Indigenous Rangers will be the first to take part in a new global initiative to share traditional knowledge and ideas for best practice on land and sea management.
Environment Minister Tony Burke said three rangers from the Kimberley Land Council in Western Australia and the Central Land Council in the Northern Territory will embark on a 10-day exchange with the Canadian First Nation peoples as part of the Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Land and Sea Managers Network.
Mr Burke said since Labor came to Government, the Indigenous Rangers Network program has grown from around 100 rangers to 680 rangers and we are on track to reach a target of 730 Rangers by June 2015.
“The expansion of the Indigenous Rangers network is one of the most important environmental achievements of this Government,” he said.
“I have spent a great deal of time with these rangers and I am personally and passionately committed to the work they do.
“This global network recognises Indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge to protect and nourish the land and sea, contributing to the social and environmental health of their own nations and the world.”
Australia led the initiative and recruited Brazil, Norway and New Zealand to form the Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Land and Sea Managers Network at the Rio+20 sustainable development conference in Brazil earlier this year.
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