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International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

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There are over 476 million indigenous people living in 90 countries around the world. Each has unique traditions and retain social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live[1].

They are the first inhabitants of the land and to this day embody the culture and heritage of their people.

For many years, Cardno has worked with indigenous communities in various countries around the world to ensure their cultures are upheld, their lands treated with respect and that their heritage is acknowledged through any work we do.

From programs that advocate for equal education opportunities to local indigenous consultation on projects, we make it our purpose to hear the perspectives, understand the needs and continue the relationship these communities have with their traditions and land.

Our respect for indigenous people is also forming part of Cardno’s cultural fabric through our Reconciliation Action Plan in Australia and our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) employee resource group in the United States.

From Blaan and Mandaya of the Philippines, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of Australia to the Kanaka Maoli and Cheyennes of the United States, this International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we’re looking back to see where we made a difference.

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Cedar Grove Environmental Center – Logan Water Alliance

The Cedar Grove Environmental site is traditional lands for both the Danggan Balun FiveRivers people (DB5R) and the Yuggera Ugarapul people (YUP) of Queensland. 

Extensive engagement was undertaken throughout the project with a Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) in place. 

The CHMP included 100+ days of indigenous employment through archaeological survey, the discovery of 3000+ artefacts on-site and gaining a greater understanding of the indigenous land use of the region - the type and extent of artefacts found indicated that the site may have been used extensively for making and maintaining toolkits.

Field work findings included interpretive signs which explain the indigenous history of the site.


Bougainville Roads Program

Cardno manages the Australian Government’s Bougainville Roads Program. We employ local staff and work with local contractors and communities to maintain and upgrade the road network in and around Bougainville.

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Zis a ba estuary restoration project

Zis a ba Estuary Restoration

Cardno is proud to be supporting the Stillaguamish Tribe’s work to restore functioning ecosystems that support expanded treaty fishing and hunting opportunities at ‘zis a ba’. Watch this video about the project.


New Dubbo Bridge - Preliminary Environmental Investigation

Cardno assessed several criteria to ascertain the best position for the New Dubbo bridge including Indigenous and non-Indigenous heritage, noise and vibration impacts, biodiversity, landscape character and visual assessment, socio-economic impact, land use as well as soils and contamination.


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Learn more about how we are committed to advocating for and supporting our own indigenous people around the world.