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Firesticks is an Indigenous led network and aims to re-invigorate the use of cultural burning by facilitating cultural learning pathways to fire and land management. It is an initiative for Indigenous and non- Indigenous people to look after country, share their experiences and collectively explore ways to achieve their goals.

Firesticks is an opportunity for people to build on the knowledge they already have on country and look for ways to make use of new technologies and understandings as a way to support cultural identity and practice. Firesticks is building a community of practice, sharing fire stories and communicating positively about the work that is undertaken and its value to people and place. Mentoring and networking through Firesticks strengthens community and country. Implementing fire to enhance ecosystem health within culturally connected landscapes improves habitat condition and connectivity. Firesticks ultimately strives to empower Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to work together towards healthy, functional and resilient landscapes.

As part of this broader movement, Firesticks has received funding under the Australian Government Biodiversity Fund to deliver a five year program to work with Aboriginal communities on the NSW north coast and tablelands. Delivered by the Nature Conservation Council and in partnership with Minyumai, Ngunya Jargoon, Willows and the Boorabee, Wattleridge and Tarriwa-Kurrukun Indigenous Protected Areas; Gugin Gudduba, Ngulingah and Casino Boolangle Land Councils; University of Technology, Sydney (UTS); Office of Environment and Heritage and with valued support from the NSW Rural Fire Service and National Parks and Wildlife Services ­ Firesticks is building on knowledge communities already have on country and looking
for ways to make use of new technologies and understandings to support cultural identity and practice.

Firesticks is facilitating training, implementing on-ground works and conducting scientific monitoring to establish a greater understanding of the ecological impact of cultural burning practices. The program aims to work with fire to enhance ecosystem health by improving habitat condition and connectivity within culturally connected landscapes. The ultimate goal of Firesticks is to support cultural learning pathways that enable and empower Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to work collectively
towards resilient landscapes.