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Traditional Owner Acknowledgement

The Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait People as Australia’s First Peoples and their continuing connection to their country and culture. We pay our respect to Indigenous elders past, present and future. The AEGN particularly acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation on whose land the AEGN has its offices in Melbourne and Sydney. In line with the United Nations General Assembly we recognise that respect for Indigenous knowledge, culture and traditional practices contributes to sustainable and equitable development and proper management of the environment. We also acknowledge the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Peoples to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development and use of their lands[1]. The AEGN recognises the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have played, and continue to play, in the shaping, understanding and protection of Australia’s natural environment. The AEGN aims to support this work through building understanding, trust and relationships between Indigenous land and sea managers and environmental philanthropists. [1] Article 25, The United Nations (2007) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples