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Solar just kills it every time - Key takeaways from the First Nations Clean Energy Symposium

The First Nations Clean Energy Symposium was definitely a huge success. We covered everything from heartbreaking stories of climate impacts on our most vulnerable communities to groundbreaking community-led energy projects.

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Embedding FPIC in the Future Made in Australia Act

As the Australian Government prepares to introduce its Future Made in Australia Act, the First Nations Clean Energy Network is urging Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to ensure the legislation includes and empowers First Nations peoples.

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Beyond Juukan Gorge: how First Nations people are taking charge of clean energy projects on their land - The Conversation

Many of the big wind and solar farms planned to help Australia achieve net zero emissions by 2050 will be built on the lands and waters of First Nations peoples. More than half of the projects that will extract critical minerals overlap with Indigenous-held lands.

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Designing a clean energy industry that is inclusive of First Nations rights, interests and responsibilities

First Nations people can and should benefit from the renewable energy revolution, including from small community-based projects to large scale export-focused initiatives, and also through the development of new supply chains and industries.

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Risks and opportunities for First Nations in Australia’s energy transition

Enabling and empowering First Nations to play a key and central role in Australia’s renewable energy transition goes beyond just social licence issues.

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Energy Magazine: Networking energy equity for First Nations people

It is an exciting time in the energy sector with new technologies, ways to decarbonise, and innovations to make the day-to-day lives of many Australians easier – with abundant reliable, clean energy on the horizon. 

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ABC: Indigenous elder Leslie Schultz finds voice at United Nations

Leslie Schultz, a Ngadju elder from Western Australia's Goldfields and a First Nations Clean Energy Network Steering Group member, has just returned from New York. 

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Free Prior and Informed Consent

Free Prior and Informed Consent is a specific right that pertains to Indigenous Peoples and is recognised in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

This excellent FPIC manual was developed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation for people, organisations, companies and institutions wanting to incorporate FPIC into project design and implementation.


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Engaging with Traditional Owners

Australian law recognises that First Nations people have rights and interests in the land and sea under their traditional laws and customs - that they are Traditional Owners. As highlighted in this factsheet by AIATSIS, any engagement processes needs to be based on the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) that recognise the critical decision making role of Traditional Owners. 

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United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Principles of self-determination and free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) with respect to what happens on First Nations land, is key to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Australia is a signatory to the Declaration, a legally non-binding global agreement that delineates and defines the individual and collective rights of Indigenous peoples, including their ownership rights to cultural and ceremonial expression, identity, language, employment, health, education, and other issues. Their ownership also extends to the protection of their intellectual and cultural property. 


Read the Declaration here