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Juukan Gorge inquiry: a critical turning point in First Nations authority over land management

By Kado Muir, Chair of National Native Title Council and Ngalia Cultural Leader, Indigenous Knowledge
Michal Carrington, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management and Marketing, The University of Melbourne
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In May 2020, Rio Tinto blasted two rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara as part of its operations to feed an insatiable global appetite for iron ore.

Some 46,000 years of Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people’s spiritual and cultural connections to Juukan Gorge were shaken with a detonation. The shockwaves also resounded globally. People took to social media and the streets to voice their anger at the actions of Rio…

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