Currie Country practises First Nations Food Principles and First Nations Sovereignty.
From Currie Country Founder, Arabella Douglas:
First Nations mobs need to lead foraging, physically, practically and legitimately.
Foraging foods for spirit, care, health, food and healing is a Native Title Traditional Right protected by UN human rights and (forcefully) acknowledged as a existing right, enduring right.
This means we can't just have non Indigenous people interrupt that right, destabilise it or replace us in that process.
First Nations - We Must Lead - Otherwise we risk the Government suggesting we no longer hold the right or don't practice and its severed (they have done this legally all through the country).
If I don't share with my family how to forage and what our food systems are, I risk the government saying we haven't continued those practices. I'm not here for a short term. I'm rebuilding a nation of Aboriginal people using all the skills I have as an individual. To do that, I want to lead everyone that's in my community.
We must continue practice to maintain the right.
This means to bring Native Foods to the open market, and allow others to enjoy, benefit from Native Foods and prevent everyone out there taking from our lands, First Nations should be leading the growing.
First Nations growing, harvesting and owning the intellectual property (magic knowledge of how it came to be, what it does and can do) themselves.
CC Native Food Principle 1
We insist we lead foraging on our lands and all First Nations lead foraging as a human right.
CC Native Food Principle 2
First Nations lead Native Food growing and collaborations on their lands insisting on holding intellectual property, rights and knowledge.
This Partnership with Pocket Herbs in the growing is an example of Principle 2
We collaborate, educate and maintain Intellectual property rights...
We are clear about our future.
We are proud of our collaborations and partnerships.
Arabella Douglas is a Minyungbul woman, lawyer, company director, and business strategist. She is also chief strategist for Currie Country, a First Nations consortium based on her traditional lands of the Tweed Coast offering native foods, First Nations education and experiences. Douglas' traditional name is Gnibi, meaning Black Swan, a name and totem given to her by her family elders reflecting her role and spirit.
Pocket Herbs and Currie Country have partnered to celebrate Australian foods, and to inspire and build shared knowledge around the history, land lore, medicinal uses and traditional preparation techniques of native produce.
Ultimately together our mission is to support chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists and others in the food services industry in using native foods creatively.
The Native Foods with Currie Country range will be underpinned by regular educational material, onsite tours catered to our customers and their clientele and the release of regular online and social media content.