Online hub for Indigenous peoples and mining

10 Feb 2020

online hub for indigenours peoples and miningAn online resource hub showcasing leading practices around Indigenous participation in the extractive resources sector has been launched by UQ’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM).

The website is a contribution to the community of practice – Working Together – an initiative led by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and National Native Title Council (NNTC).

CSRM project lead Rodger Barnes said the aim was to make examples of best practice readily available to practitioners.

“The website provides access to relevant critical resources for practitioners in one destination,” he said.

“Current content includes guides, reports and checklists, and additional resources will continue to be added as they become available.

“There is much work happening to facilitate good outcomes in this space and we hope access to these resources will provide building blocks for current and future practice.”

Working Together was established in 2019 to maximise outcomes from agreements and partnerships between the minerals industry and indigenous people in Australia.

The focus is on enhancing collective knowledge and advancing identified priorities.

Working Together is supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency (Australian Government), Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Energy and Exploration (AEMEE) and the MoU to Increase Indigenous Participation in the Queensland Resources Sector, as well as CSRM.

Participation is open to MCA member companies; representatives from Traditional Owner groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations from mining regions; relevant non-government organisations; government agencies and academia.

Working Together participants recognise the need for a collaborative approach to learning, sharing knowledge and experiences, and enhancing outcomes for engagement between the minerals industry and indigenous peoples.