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Water Week celebrates Caring for water and Country

The importance of water for the region's First Nations people has been highlighted in an informative, animated video as part of National Water Week.

The #NWW2021 theme this year is Caring for water and Country, and celebrates the vital and cultural role that water plays in our lives.

The subject aims to deepen the understanding of Australian First Nations people’s knowledge in protecting and sustaining our water and lands for over 65,000 years.

A water cycle animation has been developed in consultation with the First Nations community, including Elders of the Bundaberg Region, and delves into their connection between water, Country, and culture.

“Water has sustained First Nations peoples on this land for over 60,000 years,” the video explains.

“They respect continuous connections to country through water song lines.

“They are linked as families, clan groups, community and region to the rivers and creeks, from fresh water to saltwater connecting social, ceremonial, spiritual and cultural practices.”

The National Water Week video was produced with assistance from the region’s Aunties and Uncles, Gidarjil Operations Manager Brent McLellan and the Gidarjil Land and Sea Rangers.

“What goes into the land flows through our water, our food and through us,” the video says.

“If our land is sick, we are sick.

“Let's care for our water and Country by learning more from cultural practices of traditional custodians.”

National Water Week is an initiative of the Australian Water Association.

More information can be found here.

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