Conservation Futures, Black Duck Foods and the Yambulla team gathered for a two-day workshop at Yambulla. We discussed Melbourne University’s integrated knowledge system, a proposed Indigenous Research Assistant and how this collaboration will work.
Yambulla is a case study for the implementation of an integrated knowledge system to hold ecological, Cultural and historical data that will aid better decision making in the restoration of this Country.
This is led by Conservation Futures, an organisation formed by Melbourne University and Bush Heritage Australia, who are working to protect the health of Country in Australia and create resilient landscapes.
At Yambulla, we shared goals and planned how this collaboration will work. Black Duck Foods opened the workshop with a smoking ceremony. To our knowledge, this was the first Culture practised at Yambulla since European colonisation.
Through yarning circles, presentations and brainstorming we discussed the importance of understanding ethics and sensitivities when documenting Cultural Knowledge. We also explored the role of a proposed Indigenous Research Assistant who will be employed by the University to collect and build the knowledge system in the Yambulla valley.
As we greeted the final day, Black Duck Foods held another ceremony as the pink sky rose and Wahn the crow chatted to us. We thanked Country and hugged one another before heading inside for hot coffee and our last roundtable discussions about how to store the knowledge of this place.