History of the workshop

The National Indigenous Fire Workshop has evolved from the Awu-Laya Elders fire management project in Cape York that began in 2004. Their work has gone on to inspire communities all over the country and led to bringing people together to learn about aboriginal fire management.

At the National Indigenous Fire Workshop you will walk with the fire, learning first-hand with traditional owners reading country, the animals, the trees, the seasons, and the cultural responsibility of looking after country. There are demonstrations of research, plant and cultural knowledge workshops that all lead to practicing culture by making country healthy through fire.

These on-country workshops have been held annually since 2008 and have been developed over the years to strengthen culture and share the importance of getting traditional fire regimes back on country.

Each year the workshop is hosted by a different community with different landscapes to share this amazing community led initiative Australia wide. The workshop is a community lead initiative supported by Cape York NRM to bring Indigenous fire practices to the forefront of looking after our communities and environment.