Cultural flows


Cultural flows

Alternative Title

Aboriginal water rights
Indigenous water rights
Cultural water
Aboriginal water
Indigenous water


Cultural flows are the intrinsic and ancestral water rights of Aboriginal Nations. Water plays an important role in Aboriginal peoples’ lives, particularly spiritually and culturally, where its power as a life force must be respected.

Cultural flows aims to help address the lack of authority that Aboriginal Nations hold in negotiating water flows. In turn, it hopes to improve and foster the cultural, social, spiritual, environmental, economic and natural aspects of Aboriginal peoples’ lives.

This new paradigm has been created by, and agreed upon by Aboriginal organisations within the Murray-Darling Basin including the Northern Basins Aboriginal Nations (NBAN) and Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN).



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