Welcome to Barengi Gadjin Land Council
Traditional Owners working together as Custodians of Culture, Country, Heritage, Lore and Language
- Respect for Culture, Country, Heritage, Lore and Language
- Commitment to Professionalism, Inclusiveness, Engagement and Responsiveness
The role of BGLC
BGLC is the first stop for all matters relating to cultural heritage and indigenous land management. It is the only body in the region with the legislative authority to make legal decisions about cultural heritage.
Barengi Gadjin Land Council - At a Glance
BGLC represents Traditional Owners from the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk family groups, who were recognised in the 2005 Native Title Consent Determination, the first in south-eastern Australia.
We are the Prescribed Body Corporate for the Wotjobaluk claim area, as outlined in the Native Title Act, giving us legal authority and obligation to work on behalf of Traditional Owners.
BGLC is a Registered Aboriginal Party, as decided by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council, in line with the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.
We are also registered Aboriginal Corporation under the CATSI Act (fed).
We have a membership of more than 200 Traditional Owners, all of whom have proven their ancestral links to one of 7 Apical Ancestors registered in the Native Title Consent Determination.
"Acknowledgement of Country" (Sample)
“I and organisation if applicable acknowledge the five Traditional Owner groups of this land – the Wotjobaluk, Wergaia, Jupagalk, Jaadwa and Jadawadjali peoples.
I/We recognise the important and ongoing place that all Wotjobaluk people hold in our community.
I/We pay our respects to the Elders, both past and present, and commit to working together in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect for the benefit of the broader community and future generations.”
Shortened version: “I would like to acknowledge that this meeting/event is being held on the traditional lands of the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagalk peoples, and I pay respects to their elders, both past and present.”
How to pronunciate:
Jaadwa (Jard-warr) ('warr' rhymes with 'car')