Indigenous rangers promoting science in their communities

Tangentyere Council’s Land and Learning project is linking traditional ecological knowledge and western science, working with Indigenous ranger groups to inform and engage their communities in science.

The rangers produce resources about their work and local land management issues, including videos, PowerPoint presentations, booklets and newsletters, and use these resources to present these issues to their communities and regions.

Rangers also run activities in the field, involving elders, schoolchildren and youth groups in hands-on local land management projects.

Highlights from the program include:

  • A camp at Ilpili springs, involving Anangu Luritjiku rangers teaching students about the damage done to these major springs by feral camels and the rangers’ work monitoring and managing the issue. Feedback from this successful camp showed the rangers were great role models for the students and good teachers.
  • A workshop held at the Central Land Council Women’s Land Management Forum to train women rangers and elders from 7 different communities to teach two-way science (Indigenous ecological knowledge and western science) about the local bush to community schools and youth groups.
  • A community barbecue and training session organised by Anangu Luritjiku Rangers, engaging their community around the problems of feral animals at local springs. The Rangers presented the resources they’d created in their training session, and a DVD about the issue. These activities helped to bring about community agreement on this local land management issue.

The ‘Indigenous Rangers Promote Science in their Communities’ project worked with the Lytentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) and Anangu Luritjiku Indigenous ranger groups, managed by Central Land Council and funded by an Unlocking Australia’s Potential grant.

Based on the success of the project, Central Land Council is keen to take on this model for rangers promoting science in their communities with all ten Indigenous ranger groups that it manages.

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