A group of Mineral Resources employees had the privilege of attending a cultural immersion program at the Yandeyarra community on Kariyarra Country, to gain a deeper understanding about local Aboriginal culture and connections to land.

Starting in Port Hedland, participants drove 140km south to the Yandeyarra Aboriginal Community – nearby the company’s Wodgina lithium operation – to meet community members and families.

It was a weekend of stories and meals shared around campfire, hunting emu and bush turkey and “swagging” under the stars.

Local Elders also shared insights on culturally significant areas, delving into the connection they have with their Country.

MinRes Senior Heritage Advisor Mel Stuart said it was an incredible experience.

“I was touched by the hospitality we were shown, and the simplicity of spending time by the river – a place that holds so many good memories for the families living at Yandeyarra – and getting to know my colleagues and sharing our varied experiences,” Mel said.

“It was an honour and pleasure to sit around a campfire cooking damper with Margie Stewart, listening to Nana Biddy sing songs of the bush and witness a new generation of Kariyarra leaders continue their cultural traditions and protecting Country.”

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