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BHP and Rio Tinto support Indigenous voice in parliament

Statement 31 January 2019

IBN Corporation welcomes the support of resource giants BHP and Rio Tinto for the Uluru Statement of the Heart and a Constitutional Amendment to establish an Indigenous voice in Parliament.

The 2017 Uluru Statement aims to enshrine a First Nations voice in the Australian constitution, a move that is welcomed by IBN Corporation who signed off on the BHP Mining Area C Project in May 2001.

There are currently as many as 20 iron ore mine sites located on the traditional lands of the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people on which the BHP and Rio Tinto operate, placing the Indigenous people and their traditional estates at the very centre of a landscape that is under enormous pressure from mining and resource industry activity.

Having spent the last 20 years or more negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreements, the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli people look forward to rebuilding our first nations, communities and cultures in collaboration with BHP and Rio Tinto, as we enter a new phase in our development. Their support for a National Indigenous Voice is much appreciated and most welcome.

Lorraine Injie

Executive Director

IBN Corporation