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The Munu-munu 2022 National Indigenous Fire Workshop (NIFW) will be hosted by the Djabugay people of tropical north Queensland from 8-12th August, 2022 on Djabugay Country, at Mona Mona Mission in Far North Queensland.

About Mona Mona

The name Mona Mona came from the Djabugay word Munu-Munu meaning crooked and is the name given to the winding Flaggy creek which runs through the old Mona-Mona mission. The Mona Mona Mission was in operation from 1913 until its closure in 1963. During this time Aboriginal people were forcibly removed from various tribes of Far North Queensland to the mission to be assimilated. Today a small community of Mona-Mona descendants still live at the old mission site.

About NIFW

The National Indigenous Fire Workshop has evolved from the Awu-Alaya Elders fire management project in Cape York that began in 2004. 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 recognising and reviving Cultural Fire regimes to care for Country. This work is greatly respected and has gone on to inspire communities all over the country and brought people together to learn about Indigenous Cultural Fire and land management practices.

This will be the 12th annual National Indigenous Fire Workshop and after being away from Cape York for more than two years, with workshops being held in New South Wales on Yuin in 2018 and Victoria on Yorta Yorta Country in 2019, it is returning to Far North Queensland. Participants will gain an insight into Indigenous fire methodology and the cultural responsibility of looking after Country.

 As well as gaining knowledge, participants will be immersed in Indigenous culture and practice. Masterclasses are delivered in Cultural Fire, Indigenous Ethno-botany, weaving, tool making, dance, music, reading country and monitoring.
Tickets can be purchased online at Try Booking There are credit/debit card or bank transfer/invoice payment options. Unless sold out, tickets will be on sale until 15 July 2022.
  • Indigenous Community Members and Organisations ($660)
  • Non-Government Organisations and Individuals ($1,300.00)
  • Government and Research Bodies ($2,500.00)
  • Single day pass: Includes Wednesday Entertainment  Evening (6pm) and Thursday Cultural Fun Day ($325.00)

Ticket price includes access to the masterclasses, onsite camping and meals. More details will be provided in the lead up to the event. If your enquiry is urgent, please contact us at info@firesticks.org.au

Tickets on sale now at Try Booking 

If you are having trouble completing the registration form, please contact us on info@firesticks.org.au. For Elders who need support by phone with completing the registration form, please call Taha on 0488 546 163. 

Event Program 

Monday 8 August

Registration opens

Opening Ceremony begins at 4:00pm

Welcome to Country, Smoking ceremony and Welcome Dance

Dinner 6:00pm

Tuesday 9 August

Cultural Fire Masterclasses for all registered participants.

The Cultural Fire Masterclasses will focus on practical, hands on Indigenous led fire training and mentoring for aspiring and practicing fire practitioners and their enabling community and industry partners.

Masterclasses will include:

  • Monitoring Techniques & Indicators
  • Indigenous Botanical Cultural Walk
  • Invasive Natives Workshop- Reclaiming Identity of Country
  • Traditional Burning Workshop
  • Cultural Fire Credits & training model
  • Traditional Dance, tool making, art and weaving

Wednesday 10 August 2022

Cultural Fire Masterclasses for all registered participants.

The Cultural Fire Masterclasses will focus on practical, hands on Indigenous led fire training and mentoring for aspiring and practicing fire practitioners and their enabling community and industry partners.

Masterclasses will include:

  • Monitoring Techniques & Indicators
  • Indigenous Botanical Cultural Walk
  • Invasive Natives Workshop- Reclaiming Identity of Country
  • Traditional Burning Workshop
  • Cultural Fire Credits & training model
  • Traditional Dance, tool making, art and weaving

Entertainment evening with live music from local artists, food and dancing. 

Thursday 11 August

Culture Fun Day for all registered participants.

Activities include:

  • Spear & Boomerang throwing competiton
  • Mona Mona tour
  • Weaving and Tool Making
  • Traditional Burning
  • Women’s Fire Circle
  • Men’s Fire Circle
  • Children’s Workshops
  • Stalls
  • Bayu Building demonstration
  • Kids damper making

The closing event will  begin at 2:00pm

Friday 12 August

Event finishes and participants make their way home

Want to volunteer at NIFW22? 

Volunteers play a critical role in the smooth running of the NIFW. Below is some more information about the general volunteer role – what to expect and what would be expected from you. All volunteers will receive a complementary ticket to NIFW 2022. For more information, please complete the expression of interest via the link below: