Providing legal assistance to Indigenous peoples who are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis

Conducting legal research about the intersection between human rights and climate change

Between 2021 and 2022, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia collaborated with commercial client, Pfizer, on the Firesticks project for Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation (Firesticks). This work involved compiling the relevant laws and policies and identifying opportunities and barriers for Indigenous Land Management cultural burning practices across Australia. A particular focus was their insurance position and any indemnity provisions available by jurisdiction with respect to different land tenures.

This research assisted Firesticks to facilitate more cultural burns for authorised cultural burning practitioners, workshops and mentorship. Importantly, the work assisted to highlight the barriers that First Nations people face when implementing Cultural Burning techniques and to advocate for law reform in this area.