Hemming, S, Rigney, D, Bignall, S, Berg, S & Rigney, G 2019, 'Indigenous nation building for environmental futures: Murrundi flows through Ngarrindjeri country', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 216-235.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
© 2019, © 2019 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc. In 2015, the Ngarrindjeri Nation in concert with the South Australian government won the Australian Riverprize for best practice in water management, after leading the development of a co-management approach to the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) region during the Australian Millennium drought crisis. The purpose of this article is to explain why the prize-winning advances in water management in this region are an outcome of a strategic political process of Indigenous Nation (re)building, pursued by Ngarrindjeri leaders with the ongoing support of a formal research program focussed on Aboriginal governance. The primary insight revealed by the research is that Indigenous contributions to successful environmental management are not best conceived in terms of the protection of 'cultural flows'–as is suggested by much of the literature in the field–but instead should be understood primarily in political terms. Like other Indigenous Nations, Ngarrindjeri consider they have an inherent and sovereign right to enjoy, use and protect the flow of water through their Country. Ngarrindjeri have effectively articulated their sovereign Aboriginal environmental rights and have successfully negotiated these rights with the South Australian state by producing targeted legal and political innovations that enable shared authority in the co-development of natural resource management policy. The article argues that Indigenous Nation (re)building and self-governance has positive implications for the development of best practice models of land and water management, both in Australia and internationally.
© 2019 Institute of Australian Geographers Indigenous nations have always and continue to assert their sovereignties to resist colonialism. This paper makes explicit the ways in which environmental management has been and continues to act as a tool of colonialism, particularly by privileging Western science, institutions, and administrative procedures. We argue that to decolonise environmental management, it is crucial to understand and challenge the power relations that underlie it—asking who makes decisions and on what worldview those decisions are based. Indigenous ways of being deeply challenge the foundations of environmental management and the colonising power structures that underlie it, and invite further thought about posthuman and relational ontologies. We provide a range of case studies that showcase the role of Indigenous nations in redefining and reimagining environmental management based on Indigenous sovereignties, knowledges, and ways of being. The case studies emphasise the crucial connection between Indigenous decision-making authority and self-governance for the enhanced protection and health of the environment. We argue that Indigenous agency, grounded in Indigenous governance and sovereignties, is driving innovation and decolonising environmental management by making space for new ways of thinking and being 'in place'.
Hemming, S, Hemming, SJ, Rigney, DM, Muller, SL, Rigney, G & Campbell, I 2017, 'A new direction in water management? Indigenous nation building as a strategy for river health', Ecology and Society.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Bignall, S, Hemming, SJ & Rigney, DM 2016, 'Three Ecosophies for the Anthropocene: Environmental Governance, Continental Posthumanism and Indigenous Expressivism', Deleuze Studies, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 455-478.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Bignall, S, Rigney, D & Hattam, R 2016, ''Colonial Letters Patent and Excolonial Responsibility: Forgetting, Counter-Memory and Mnemonic Potentiality'', Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 1-23.
Bignall, S, Rigney, D & Hattam, R 2015, 'The Postcolonial Time That Remains', INTERVENTIONS-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 269-287.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hemming, S, Rigney, D & Hemming, SJ 2014, 'Is 'Closing the Gap' Enough? Ngarrindjeri ontologies, reconciliation and caring for country', EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY AND THEORY.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hemming, S, Hemming, SJ & Rigney, DM 2010, 'Decentring the new protectors : transforming Aboriginal heritage in South Australia', International Journal of Heritage Studies.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Hemming, S, Hemming, SJ & Rigney, DM 2008, 'Unsettling sustainability: Ngarrindjeri political literacies, strategies of engagement and transformation', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Bignall, S & Rigney, D 2019, ''Indigeneity, posthumanism and nomad thought: transforming colonial ecologies'' in Braidotti, R & Bignall, S (eds), Posthuman Ecologies: Complexity and Process after Deleuze, Rowman and Littlefield International, London, pp. 159-183.
Rigney, D & Hemming, S 2019, 'Ngarrindjeri nation-building: Securing a Future as Ngarrindjeri Ruwe/Ruwar (lands, waters and all living things)' in Nikolakis, W, Cornell, S & Nelson, H (eds), Reclaiming Indigenous Governance Reflections and Insights from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, University of Arizona Press, Tuscon, USA.
This volume showcases how Native nations can reclaim self-determination and self-governance via examples from four important countries
Hemming, S & Rigney, D 2012, 'Indigenous land use and occupancy mapping as a technology of power' in Information Technology, Development, and Social Change, pp. 128-138.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 1997, 2008 Elliott Johnston, Martin Hinton, Daryle Rigney. All rights reserved. Bringing together a well-respected team of commentators, many of them indigenous Australians themselves, this revised and updated edition examines the legal, social and political developments that have taken place in Australia since the publication of the last edition. Providing students with a greater understanding of the issues facing Indigenous Australians in the hope of contributing to reconciliation, the authors explore a broad range of developments, including: human rights and reconciliation in contemporary Australia; the demise of ATSIC; issues of indigenous governance and water rights. Giving readers an incisive account of the resounding impact of social, political and legal conditions upon the Indigenous people of Australia and their interaction with and recourse to the law, this book is an excellent resource for those interested in the law of a coloniser or conqueror and its lasting impact upon first nations.
Walsh, M, Rigney, D & Bell, D 2019, 'Exchanging Ideas: First Nations Consensus in Constitutional Reform, Nation Building and Treaty Making Processes', Ngara Yuri Exchanging Ideas Symposium, Ngara Yura Committee of the Judicial Commission of NSW, the Bar Association of NSW and the Law Society of NSW, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) – Powerhouse Museum 500 Harris St, Ultimo.