Caring for Country cool burning

Indigenous voices shaping an innovative carbon industry and supporting healthy Country

May 19, 2023

May 16/17 the Indigenous Carbon Industry Network (ICIN) held the National Indigenous Carbon Forum. Murawin CEO, Carol Vale was proud to be involved as facilitator of the 2 day online event for ICIN.

Co-Chair of ICIN, Dean Yibarbuk (Gurrgoni) stated at the Forum “We are leading the way, it makes me really proud. It has given me strength to keep moving forward. This tool we have is knowledge that’s been passed down over thousands of years. Our young ones are now following in our footsteps. It is not for us, it’s for our children. We want our children to become professionals. I’m proud to see this program succeeding. We have to be clear about how we manage our country, fire is our tool, and now we’ve made it into something that supports us to make a living.”

The carbon market is a dynamic and fast-moving space. Within the space, the Indigenous carbon market is relatively new, and discussion is essential to ensure the development of the systems works for First Nations groups and the broader industry.

While the Indigenous carbon market comes with opportunities for Indigenous groups it also presents risks and a complex structure to negotiate. The ICIN mission is to “promote and facilitate an active, innovative, and Indigenous-led carbon industry supporting healthy country and better livelihoods for Indigenous people”. ICIN work to provide a culturally safe place to share knowledge, and together, strengthen Indigenous voice in the industry.

ICIN created the National Indigenous Carbon Forum as an opportunity for Indigenous groups to come together and discuss the carbon market, the Indigenous carbon industry within the market, the systems which control it, and Indigenous rights and interests in carbon.

The forum additionally enabled Indigenous groups to inform decision-makers directly of their experiences in the carbon industry, and to inform the upcoming Carbon Farming Forum hosted by the Carbon Market Institute happening 22 May.

A Statement outlining key messages is being drafted from the discussion over the last 2 days. The Statement from ICIN will be published and presented to the broader carbon market industry at the Carbon Market Institute event later this month.

It was a rich and dynamic discussion throughout the forum, with Indigenous and non-Indigenous speakers coming together to listen to each other, share insights and offer ways for First Nations to lead in this area. It was powerful to hear Indigenous voices speaking up loud and strong on matters which directly affect them and being heard. The theme of the forum rang true as passionate First Nations participants gathered ‘Exploring opportunities’ and ‘Defining our rights’.

Murawin have worked for almost a decade to break intergenerational cycles of disadvantage for Indigenous Australians, and to amplify their voices. When Indigenous Australians are given opportunity to speak and be heard on matters which affect their lives, it is a proactive contribution to closing the gap, and improved futures for all Australians together.

We thank the ICIN for enabling this important event. If you would like to know more head to their website: https://www.icin.org.au/

BACKGROUND

Murawin, is a Dunghutti word which means “to be educated, and to be responsible with that education.”

It is about not only having the knowledge but knowing what to do with it and passing it on when the time is right. Education has always been a passion for both our co-founders and is at the heart of Murawin’s work facilitating intercultural learning, respect & collaboration.

 

Our logo is also steeped in meaning and symbolism,

merging professionalism with a contemporary flair while staying rooted in Country through stylised elements of waterways and river rocks. These elements, symbolising life, healing, and reconciliation in Indigenous culture, resonate with Murawin’s client-focused approach.

Originating from river Country in regional NSW, Murawin’s founders’ childhood experiences shaped the logo’s significance, reflecting their deep ties to family and Country. The river rocks signify Murawin’s enduring connection to Country and culture, chosen for their symbolism of strength and resilience akin to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. They also represent Murawin’s commitment to positive impact and intergenerational change. Notably, the eight rocks symbolise cofounder Carol Vale’s immediate family members, while the two lines in the logo signify the intertwining of cultures by our two co-founders, Carol and Greg.

VISUAL INDENTITY UPDATE

What we wanted to do was to better reflect Murawin’s story, goals, mission and values through a supporting look and feel that elevated our branding and centred Country, our story and our values.

To do this we started with an updated colour palette.

We wanted a natural colour palette that reflects Country

and gives people a calm and clear perspective just like when time is spent on Country. Simultaneously we wanted it to reflect the professional, rigorous and forward-thinking nature of our work.

Each colour had to be meaningful and tied to Murawin’s story, so we pulled the colours directly from images of Country in areas important to Murawin and its co-founders.

Wollomombi - brand colour

Meaning “the meeting of two water ways”, Wollomombi Falls sits almost side by side with Chandler falls just outside of Armidale. The two rivers come together at the bottom of the waterfalls to become one. It represents our co-founders coming together to form Murawin

Riverbank - primary colour

Represents the banks of the Macquarie River (and other key riverways important to Murawin’s story such as the Macleay)

Peppermint Gum - primary colour

Whenever visiting Armidale, Murawin’s co-founders would collect Peppermint Gum leaves.

Red River Gum - primary colour

Red river gum trees are a favourite tree of both Murawin’s co-founders

Darling River - secondary colour

The Darling River at Bourke is another important river in the Murawin story.

Gara Granite - secondary colour

The Gara River / Blue Hole is a special place to Carol’s family- they would visit a lot growing up

Bourke Sunset - secondary colour

This colour was pulled directly from a photo of a Bourke Sunset taken by our late co-founder Greg McKenzie

Another key piece we have woven throughout this new visual identity is the contrasting black and white to visually represent the intercultural nature of our work and our story.

This duality is an important feature in Murawin’s story and in our work as the conduit between clients and communities.

This colour palette intertwined with artistic elements and the Country-centric imagery that you see throughout our website, reinforces that Country, community and culture are at the heart of everything we do at Murawin.

We are proud to present this new visual identity to the public, our clients, and the communities we work with to better reflect our story, the work we do, and our vision for the future.