Move Beyond Coal acknowledges the original First Nations Custodians of the land on which we work, meet, and play. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. As the oldest continuous culture in the world, First Nations peoples have cared for Country for tens of thousands of years, and they continue to lead fights to protect their land, water and culture today.
We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and we pay tribute to the decades-long legacy of Aboriginal fights for land rights and against destructive mining projects. In particular, we acknowledge the Wangan and Jagalingou Cultural Custodians’ ongoing opposition to coal mining on their land in Central Qld, and the Gomeroi Traditional custodians’ continuing opposition to coal and gas on their land in NSW.
This land was stolen. Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.