Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the First Peoples of this land. We value their profound cultural heritage and enduring connections to the unique and beautiful Australian landscape.
AWC supports the better delivery of outcomes for Australia’s First Nations People, and our mission of effective conservation is intertwined with supporting those outcomes. AWC has a strong track record of engagement, including meaningful partnerships with Indigenous communities, Ranger groups, and Traditional Owners. These partnerships have delivered substantial benefits for conservation, socio-economic growth, and the preservation of culture.
We value our relationships, friendships, and partnerships with Indigenous Peoples, across all our partnership areas and sanctuaries. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recognition and representation are integral to our mission of effective conservation.
The upcoming referendum to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice on October 14th provides a significant opportunity for Australians to engage in an important decision-making process. We recognise the diversity of views within the community and encourage you to take the time to be informed and exercise your vote. We hope that whatever the outcome, this referendum leads to greater national respect for First Nations people, progress in their influence in those national matters that concern and affect them, and greater and more formal recognition of First Nations people for their extraordinary long and enduring connection and stewardship of this Country.
AWC extends its gratitude to the Traditional Owners and custodians of the lands on which we live and work. Together, we can provide hope for Australian wildlife and habitats.