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First Nations Alliance & BHP Strengthen Heritage Protection in Australia

Mining News - Published on Tue, 13 Oct 2020

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BHP and the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance have jointly agreed a path forward to enhance the influence and voice of traditional owners in relation to heritage protection. BHP has continued work with traditional owners in Australia, and more recently with the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance, to identify areas we can work together cooperatively to improve standards and practices in relation to cultural heritage. From this work BP has determined a set of shared Principles around Aboriginal Heritage in Australia which reaffirm BHP’s commitment to Free, Prior and Informed Consent in agreement making. Together they agree regulatory regimes should respect and reflect these rights.

The Principles also reaffirm a shared commitment to self-determination for Aboriginal peoples, their right to speak proudly and publicly about their culture and their heritage; and recognition that building a better understanding of Aboriginal cultural heritage in Australia is ongoing and together we can play an important role.

In addition, BHP has set a commitment for Aboriginal cultural heritage keeping places in Australia to better reflect traditional owners’ values, culture and pride. Together, we aim to also make these places of knowledge, learning and celebration of the unique living cultures they are connected to, as well as places where artefacts can be respectfully stored and visited.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 13 Oct 2020
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