NAIDOC Week: Cultural Burns to Heal Mirring
This years theme for NAIDOC week is Heal Country.
Cultural Burning is just one example of the work we do to care for Mirring (Country). All activities that we do on Mirring as the World Heritage Unit, plays an important role in healing our Mirring.
World Heritage Unit here at GMTOAC consists of Erin Rose (World Heritage Executive Officer) Greg Shelton (World Heritage Ranger), and Aaron Morgan (World Heritage Ranger).
The three of them work closely with our other GMTOAC Staff, community members and external stakeholders to burn Mirring (Country) to help Mirring heal.
Healing Mirring is important to us. Healthy Mirring means Healthy Mara (people).
Cultural burning is one of many practices we have worked hard to revive to ensure our continued connection to Gunditjmara Mirring. Our cultural practices were suppressed for so long and we are still healing our Mirring from the destruction caused by colonization.
Currently we deliver the Weeyn Yarkeen Fire Strategy which assists us in revitalising our practice of burning Mirring. When we burn our Mirring, we burn it with purpose, which helps all the plants and animals of that area.
We burn Puunyart grass to help it regenerate so we have the resources to make our Ngarrapeen (eel basket) and we burn the swamps which is the habitat for the endangered Australasian Bittern (among many other purposes). Restoring this traditional practice benefits everything by healing Mirring and Mara. 🌳🌳🌳🌳