The Juukan Gorge destruction: a case study in stakeholder-driven and shared values approach to cultural heritage protection

Oliveri, Vicki Antonia, Porter, Glenn, Davies, Chris, and James, Pamela (2023) The Juukan Gorge destruction: a case study in stakeholder-driven and shared values approach to cultural heritage protection. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development. (In Press)

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Purpose In 2020, mining activity by Rio Tinto destroyed rock caves in Western Australia's Juukan Gorge that are considered sacred sites by the First Nation Peoples of that area, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (PKKP) Peoples. This paper examines the public response to the damage caused at this culturally sensitive site and identifies cultural heritage protection strategies that emerged in the aftermath of this catastrophic event. Design/methodology/approach This research applies a qualitative case study method and analysis of open-sourced official policy documents, media reports and published institutional statements. Findings The research identified specific cultural heritage protection strategies, including stakeholder-driven advocacy and shared values approach to business practices to help foster a greater appreciation of the connections between people, objects and lands. Whilst the mining activities were considered lawful, significant gaps in the legislation to protect heritage sites were also exposed. Originality/value Using a recent case that occurred in 2020, this paper unpacks how the motivations for accessing minerals can override cultural sensibilities and legal/ethical frameworks established to protect cultural heritage. This paper brings to light the liabilities associated with the mining industry when operating in a culturally significant environment where appropriate due diligence to manage cultural heritage is not thoroughly applied. The paper highlights the role the community can play in demanding improved corporate social responsibility which can, in turn, act as a strategy for cultural heritage protection.

Item ID: 75884
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2044-1274
Keywords: Cultural heritage protection, Cultural heritage management, Corporate social responsibility, Cultural heritage, Community advocacy, Corporate ethics
Copyright Information: © Emerald Publishing Limited
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2022 07:30
FoR Codes: 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4899 Other law and legal studies > 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2399 Other law, politics and community services > 239999 Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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