Welcome to Country
Welcome to Country allows Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) custodians / traditional owner the opportunity to formally welcome people to our land. This is done as a ceremony or an oral welcome, by an Elder or appropriate nominated person as a Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) representative. A Welcome to Country changes depending on the type of function, the location, the agreements made and the protocols of everybody involved.
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.
You can read more about cultural heritage site monitoring by visiting it’s information page.
As the formally recognised representative body of the Gunaikurnai people, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) plays an active role in ensuring the protection, preservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use of our Country. We have formal and informal protocols and agreements with land management agencies on when and how we should be consulted and involved.
Joint Management (JM)
Under the terms of our 2010 native title agreement, a Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) majority Traditional Owner Land Management Board will be established to oversee the planning and management of 10 parks and reserves under this native title agreement.
Natural Resource Management (NRM)
Gunaikurnai Enterprise is a Traditional Owner owned and operated enterprise that provides meaningful employment and training for Gunaikurnai people across Gippsland through learning, working, and caring for all aspects of Gunaikurnai land, waters, cultural heritage and environment.
Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) Identity Card
Under the Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA), Gunaikurnai do not have to obtain a permit or licence, or pay a fee to do any of the following on land and waters where we have native title
- Take game or fauna
- Gather firewood
- Camp (note fee exemptions do not apply to the Buchan Caves Tours)
To overcome any concerns and issues with the authorities, we have introduced a Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) Identity Card to prove you are Gunaikurnai. All the information on how to apply for this card is outlined here along with an application form.