Aurelia values our relationship with First Nations Peoples on whose land we operate, and we acknowledge their rights and interests to protect and manage their cultural heritage. We acknowledge and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We value their experience and knowledge of the land through active engagement during exploration and discovery, mine development, operation and closure and respect the responsibilities and obligations First Nations people have for Country. We strive to meet our legal and statutory obligations and undertake fair and respectful consultation with our host First Nations people. Across our exploration and mining tenure, we operate on the Country of the the Ngemba, Ngiyampaa, Wangaaypuwan, Wayilan, Wiradjuri, Ngario and Yuin people.
At our operating sites, we have in place controls to manage and protect the cultural heritage sites. Prior to any clearing and/or disturbance activities, a cultural heritage field assessment is conducted. These assessments include at least one First Nations representative and a qualified archaeologist.
Following an Aboriginal Focus Group meeting in 2022, Registered Aboriginal Parties who represent the Traditional Owners and other Indigenous stakeholders were engaged to discuss the potential to change the name of the Federation Project to a culturally sensitive identifier. A consultation process will occur over the next six months on suggested options to rename the Federation Project. We will announce the new name for Federation when the mine is commissioned.