Connection to Country
Reconciliation Week:

Check out the events happening for Reconciliation week through Reconciliation Queensland & Reconciliation Australia.

Reconciliation Resources:

Reconciliation Queensland website

A key source for Indigenous procurement:

Supply Nation

Liam Cridland, Connection to Country Chair

Greetings AILA QLD,

The first quarter of this year has certainly brought change and upheaval to our communities, work places and families on a global scale. As a practising Landscape Architect and as a parent, this has forced my family and my team to reassess and adapt the way in which we are working, learning and connecting and spending our free time.  

If there is one thing these global events have shown, it is that authentic human connections are critical for our societies' ability to function, blossom and grow whether face to face, or digitally. Landscape Architects have the potential to play a major role in the acknowledgement of country in the engagement, design and planning of spaces and environments at all scales, however in this ever changing environment it will be the strength and value of the relationships we are building within and outside our practices, state and industry that will allow us to continue to learn, adapt and grow into the future. 
 
These events have also made us critically consider whether there are better ways of communicating and engaging with our colleagues, clients and consultants. It is also worth noting, that the methods we as practitioners are relying on over the last several months, have not generally proven to be successful during engagement with our communities, first nations and individuals. The increasing reliance on technology and the speed in which information can now be transferred, has, and will continue to, influence the way in which we as Landscape Architects practice on a daily basis. While many businesses are continuing to be productive and collaborate in digital meetings and workshops, these methods of communication are no doubt causing new challenges for those looking to help facilitate these critically important and sensitive interactions.  
 
The network is committed to continuing the development of existing relationships within our local communities, first nations, practices and education institutions to further educate and support our members, advocate the value of Landscape Architecture within our region, and continue to adapt and evolve the appropriateness, sensitivity and value of our indigenous engagement and our work on country. Let's continue to work together to make every project, conversation and relationship better than our last.