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Ngarrindjeri knowledge shared through yarning circles

Yarning circles have been used by First Nations for centuries as a way of learning from a collective group, building respectful relationships, and preserving and passing on cultural knowledge. 

Published: 16 December 2021

Local First Nations and the South Australian Government are now using yarning circles to share experiences and knowledge about water management and the River Murray from Tailem Bend to Meningie. 

The Ngarrindjeri community, the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation and the South Australian Department for Environment and Water recently held 6 yarning circles along the Lower Murray, providing all participants with the chance to learn more about one another and build stronger relationships. 

The yarning circles are about understanding and documenting Ngarrindjeri cultural values, stories and priorities to better inform decision-making for the planning and delivery of water for the environment to Ngarrindjeri Ruwe (Country). 

An initiative of the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation, the yarning circles project is funded by The Living Murray, which is a joint initiative by the New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian and Commonwealth government, coordinated by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.

(Video credit: South Australian Department for Environment and Water)

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