The Country Needs People campaign is fighting for the growth and security of opportunities for land and sea country management by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We are a growing group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, including individuals and organisations, calling on the Government to:
Indigenous rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas are a contemporary expression of the unbroken and ancient connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to this continent.
Empowering Indigenous people to harness their traditional knowledge, connection to country and access to modern scientific conservation methods is a win-win for the environment and the wellbeing of communities and individuals.
We recognise the Federal Government’s Indigenous Protected Area and Indigenous ranger programs as transformative opportunities for Indigenous land and sea management. We believe these programs should be expanded and their future should be secured for the long term.
The Country Needs People campaign is not-for-profit, nonpartisan and works with all sides of politics for a positive outcome. Country Needs People is a growing alliance of over 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and sea management organisations, the Pew Charitable Trusts and tens of thousands of Australians.
Add your voice to ours to help make Indigenous Protected Areas and Indigenous rangers - and all the benefits they bring to Australia - even stronger!