Kokatha Want To Ensure Cultural And Heritage Interests Are Recognised And Protected
Currently the cultural assets of Kokatha are within people themselves and in the land on which they hold native title. A great concern for Kokatha is the protection of culturally significant artefacts being dug up as a result of mining activity in the region. The scope and frequency of this occurring is likely to increase as mining activity expands. Lack of recognition about Kokatha’s title and legal rights has a stressful impact on our people in many ways. Kokatha people hold knowledge about the land in language, stories and ritual and history. With our older people passing on and impacts of stolen generation and generational change there is a need to deliver programs in a way that people can access and share pride in. Kokatha elders have a role in looking after country and advising on protocols, supporting the Board and working with others to promote the value of Kokatha culture.
What do we want to achieve?
• Knowledge of our elders is respected and sought in decision making
• Protect our land and cultural sites. Artefacts to be stored in a sensitive way that minimises harm and disturbance to our people
• Relationship with third parties on our land to respect the significance of remains and artefacts
• To own and manage land as trustee of the Kokatha people
• Recognise and value the special role of Kokatha women
• To supports Kokatha men and women interested in perusing ceremonial law
• Ensure Kokatha name is protected in business dealings
• To teach culture, language and heritage in an accessible way that engages with our young people, and through mainstream avenues
• Implementation of existing and current EIS that acknowledge and identify sacred sites for Kokatha on mine sites
• Indigenous people employed to look after culturally sensitive sites around Roxby Downs