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Two-Eyed Seeing

Knowledge sharing to inform freshwater fisheries management

Project purpose

This project is about working with NSW Aboriginal communities to identify freshwater cultural fishery values and supporting communities to use their cultural knowledge to influence sustainable management of freshwater native fish.

A Golden perch on a measuring mat

What is Two-Eyed Seeing? "Two-Eyed Seeing: learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing ... and learning to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all.” (“Etuaptnumk” - Mi'kmaw Elder Albert Marshall in Fall 2004,)”

The project is just starting, and we are looking for Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal Communities to participate.

The first year of the project will focus on identifying, and developing relationships with communities in two regions which:

  • Are willing to actively participate and collaborate in a project that will involve knowledge sharing
  • Can establish a group to participate in the project that has appropriate representation from the community
  • Involvement in the project will be renumerated, to recognise Aboriginal communities’ knowledge and time invested.

Once the communities have been selected, they will need to establish or identify a project advisory group. The advisory group and the project team will develop a genuine partnership to design a community-led research strategy to work towards a greater appreciation of cultural knowledge and practices within fisheries management.

The project aims to empower participating Aboriginal communities and fishery managers by providing a pathway for the inclusion of cultural fisheries and cultural in decision-making processes, through an equal exchange of knowledge and learning by co-designing the program. The pillars of this project are reciprocity, empowerment, and integrity.

Two bass fingerlings

The project team is committed to listening and learning, and supporting Aboriginal communities to build knowledge, skills, and capabilities to participate in native fish management.

We are committed to protecting Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property, and we will operate in line with the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent. All project data will be owned by the Community.

If your community would like to put forward an Expression of Interest please submit your details and a member of our project team will be in touch.

If you would like more information about the project or don’t want to submit your information through the EOI form, please reach out through our email twoeyedseeing@alluvium.com.au or call 0400 911 450

We hope to have communities on board for this project by July 2024 and spend the remainder of the year working together to design this community lead research strategy.

If successful, the project will continue in 2025.