Abstract: Aboriginal Australians have an intrinsic relationship to Country, kinship and community. The processes related to colonisation have decimated traditional lifestyles, ecology and even families. The challenge for energy engineers lies in the ability to reconcile the profession of engineering with the contemporary and traditional cultural and physical needs of Aboriginal people. A discussion around Aboriginal peoples’ most deeply held values will be linked to both global and professional ethical canons. This discussion has implications for Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples globally. A fictitious case study—the ‘Warrigal Downs Energy Hub’—provides us with a hypothetical project to which we can link both examples and frameworks. Our team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educators and engineers provides us with a right, wrong and even better way to work sensitively, meaningfully and reciprocally with Aboriginal people in Australia and, indeed, globally.
Duff, Andrea, Hanchant-Nichols, Deanne, Bown, Brad, Gamage, Sithara H. P. W., Nixon, Bronte, Nisi, Petra, Boase, Jayne, Smith, Elizabeth, 2020, A right way, wrong way and better way for energy engineers to work with Aboriginal communities, Book Section, viewed 18 February 2020, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=16409.