Cultural Heritage Site Monitoring / RAP
Our land is essential to the cultural heritage and security of Gunaikurnai and all Aboriginal people. It is instrumental to, and the nucleus of our spirituality this relationship and the spirit of ‘country’ informs all our Cultural Heritage Management activities.
Aboriginal cultural heritage includes:
- artefacts, objects and skeletal remains,
- sites, landscapes or areas of significance,
- cultural knowledge, lore, language, stories, song, dance and identity.
As a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) under the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) is the primary source of advice and knowledge for the Victorian Government on matters relating to Aboriginal places located in or Aboriginal objects originating from our area.
Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) participates in the preparation of Cultural Heritage Management Plans (CHMP) and evaluates plans prepared by cultural heritage advisors.
We also consider and advise State and Local Governments on applications for Cultural Heritage Permits, negotiate and enter into Cultural Heritage Agreements and advise and negotiate the repatriation of Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Cultural Heritage is of utmost importance to the Gunaikurnai people. Our corporation assists to protect, promote and preserve Gunaikurnai Cultural Heritage.
We have expanded our cultural heritage services team to provide a greater range of cultural strengthening, awareness and protection services; however this will continue to grow.