The wellbeing of Aboriginal people is intimately connected to the health of the environment and the degree to which they can be involved in actively caring for it. As stated by Aboriginal peoples: ‘traditional lands, sea and the Aboriginal people are all parts of an integral whole’.
We acknowledge that Aboriginal spiritual and cultural values exist in the land, waters and natural resources of New South Wales.
Partnerships between the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and Aboriginal peoples lead to positive outcomes for both parties, such as:
- productive working relationships
- connection to Country
- better management of natural and cultural heritage
- social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal communities.
Spirituality and connection
Partnering with Aboriginal peoples also means that OEH seeks advice on spiritual and cultural values associated with Country and how best to respect these values. This includes recognising there will be times and places where Aboriginal spiritual values and beliefs require a culturally sensitive approach to the management of other values.