JESSICA WEIR is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Dr. Weir investigates the socialcultural dimensions of environmental management, spanning issues of natural hazards, fresh water, native title, climate change, and decolonial ethics.
By Vanessa Cavanagh, Jessica Weir, Bhiame Williamson, YES! magazine
The agency in charge of leading the recovery in bushfire-affected areas must begin respectfully and appropriately. And they must be equipped with the basic knowledge of our peoples’ different circumstances. It’s important to note this isn’t “special treatment.” Instead, it recognizes that policy and practice must be fit-for-purpose and, at the very least, not do further harm.