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Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners
The VEWH proudly acknowledges Victoria’s Aboriginal communities and their rich culture and pays respect to their Elders past and present.
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s first peoples and as Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and water on which we rely. We recognise the intrinsic connection of Traditional Owners to Country, and we value their ongoing contribution to managing Victoria’s landscapes. We also recognise and value the contribution of Aboriginal people and communities to Victorian life and how this enriches us.
The VEWH recognises the intersection between environmental flow objectives and outcomes for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians. We acknowledge the ongoing contribution that Aboriginal people are making to planning and managing water for the environment and the benefits that have resulted from these partnerships. The contribution of Traditional Owners to this year’s seasonal watering plan is detailed in the regional introductions.
For tens of thousands of years, Aboriginal people have occupied Australia. There have been very different clan and Nation boundaries to those that exist today, often embodying deep cultural relationships with the land and waterways. In this seasonal watering plan, the VEWH has endeavoured, using the best-available information, to name the Traditional Owner groups and their Nations that lived in the area we now call Victoria, and who continue to maintain and enhance longstanding culture and tradition. We have also sought and, in some regions, have provided some background on local Aboriginal names for waterways.
We acknowledge that the Traditional Owner groups and their associations with particular areas are not definitive, and there may be multiple names for the waterways covered
by the seasonal watering plan. The VEWH does not claim this information to be exact. We provide such information in the spirit of acknowledgement of Traditional Owners past and present and their long-standing connection to Country.
The VEWH embraces the spirit of reconciliation, working towards equity and an equal voice for Traditional Owners.
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