A Connecting with Country approach embeds First Nations voices and Country at the center of design and planning processes
- First Nations community engagement
- Cultural heritage management
- Access and use of land and waters
- Benefits and cultural levies to First Nations people
- Place making
- Cultural knowledge
- Environmental sustainability and leaving Country stronger than it was
- Incorporating Indigenous design principles
- Protect the health and wellbeing of Country and therefore of Aboriginal communities, and by extension all communities; and
- Embed Aboriginal knowledge into the design and planning of our built environment to make Country a better place for all.
The Connecting with Country Framework provides great opportunities for architects, designers, and place-makers to challenge the way they perceive First Nations history and culture as well as developing relationships with First Nations communities that are both meaningful and reciprocal. The Framework asks us all to commit to helping support the health and wellbeing of Country by valuing, respecting, and being guided by Aboriginal people, who know that if we care for Country – it will care for us.
If you require assistance with a project that incorporates Connecting with Country or Indigenous design principles, please don’t hesitate in contacting one of our team members.