Our vision for Reconciliation

Our vision for reconciliation is a world in which all peoples and nature flourish, together. We imagine an Australia where there is unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, where nature in all its expressions is healed and sustainable, and where all Australians have a connection to and actively care for nature and Country.  
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We recognise that First Nations peoples’ custodianship of land and sea has shaped Australia’s ecology, biodiversity and the sense of place that makes this continent unique.

Working on and for these landscapes as part of our quest to conserve their natural values and to make those values more accessible to people all over Australia, we acknowledge that people and nature have lived interdependently here for millennia, and seek to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples so we can help nurture the connections between this land and all Australians.

"Caring for Country plays a significant part in our lives as First Nations people, and we greatly appreciate CVA’s participation, support and involvement to allow for this to happen."

– Byellee Elders, Cecila & Tricia Eggmolesse

Conservation Volunteers Australia affirms the special place and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians by:

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, along with its diverse and dynamic nature.

Acknowledging the deep connections with and custodianship of the land since time immemorial.

Valuing the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures make to Australian culture and society.

Our commitment to working with communities to take action for both nature and people includes a commitment to actively pursuing reconciliation as an integral part of our work.

Our journey toward Reconciliation

Our work has taken us to all corners of the country, often working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ranger groups, on country with Traditional Owners, and involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in intensive field work, as advisors and as practitioners.

"Weaving the voice, experience and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in all we do is crucial to the success of CVA’s RAP."

Renae Riviere, RAP Working Group Lead

Deepening Cultural Fire Learning on Dharug Ngurra Country

Dharug Traditional Owners have returned to Londonderry Woodlands Reserve in Burubiranggal Dharug Country with their families to deepen Cultural Fire knowledge. This meant the return of Cultural Fire to this part of Dharug Ngurra for the first time in 200 years or more. Learning about Cultural Fire supports the health and balance of Country, and strengthens the identity and wellbeing of the community too.