$2.6 million dollar boost to support Indigenous rangers use of digital tools across northern Australia

Posted 2021-09-27

Empowering Indigenous led approaches to use AI and digital technology for healthy Country

A new, $2.6 million, Indigenous-led program which aims to mobilise the latest digital technology for land and sea managers working in remote regions of northern Australia has been launched today. 

The North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) and CSIRO, in collaboration with The Telstra Foundation, Microsoft, the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Resilient Landscapes Hub and the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program, unveiled the initiative which enables local Indigenous rangers to work with scientists and technology specialists to learn and use new inclusive AI and digital skills to monitor the health of their country.

With a focus on digital inclusion, the collaboration will see Indigenous rangers, tech companies and national research organisations working together to co-design a digital skills training program that will deliver environmental, cultural, and economic benefits for local Indigenous communities and land management.

“Modern partnerships require new skill sets for both Indigenous people and their partners and we need to think carefully about the role of technology on country. The advancement of digital technology can help transform the way Indigenous land managers look after Country. But we do not want these new technologies to replace people’s connection to Country, the best way to look after country is to be out on country. We need new technologies to support and add value to this concept rather than replacing it.”

NAILSMA CEO, Mr Ricky Archer

For more information on this ground breaking new partnership and details of the project go the Healthy Country AI Project. You can also read the full media release as attached below.

Healthy Country AI Media Release

NAILSMA Launches major digital partnership

Date: 23/09/2021
Creator: Erica McCreedy
Program: Healthy Country AI