Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, is experiencing dramatic changes to planning legislation in anticipation of increased population growth as a result of its bid to develop a world- class city. The Kaurna, as the traditional owners, have largely been ignored in consultations over proposed changes. Indeed, the push for development reinforces the next chapter of a colonial project, legitimating a discourse of terra nullius for Kaurna and largely thwarting their native title aspirations.
This special issue of AlterNative explores the theme of Indigenous knowledges impacting the environment. While the focus is on Australia, one paper discusses the Canadian context, and the issue as a whole has international relevance. The six articles form part of the research outcomes of an Australian Research Council (ARC) project entitled Indigenous Knowledge:Water Sustainability and Wild Fire Mitigation, awarded to senior Kaurna elder “Yerloburka” Uncle Lewis O’Brien.