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Co-Founder of the National Indigenous Fire Workshops & Author of Fire Country


Victor Steffensen is an Indigenous writer, filmmaker, musician and consultant applying traditional knowledge values in a contemporary context through creative, practical and artistic projects.

He is a descendant of the Tagalaka people from the Gulf Country of North Queensland. Much of his work over the past twenty-seven years has been based on the arts, film making, and reviving traditional knowledge values - particularly Aboriginal fire management, through mentoring and leadership, on-ground training with Aboriginal communities and across all categories of Australians.

Current Work

He is the co-founder of the National Indigenous Fire Workshops which has so far been hosted in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Victor has recently published a book called Fire Country which has been a major reference to his work.

Talking Points

Healing People with Country

When we look at the urgent need to revive our cultures before they are lost, heal our landscapes with better fire management, or protect our rivers and waters. It all boils down to one important word that outlines where we are all at in this moment in time, Healing. When we look at the holistic way of viewing the world through the Aboriginal lens, everything is connected to the well-being of others. What ever we focus our attention on what needs healing in the landscape, seems to be a reflection on what we need to be healing within ourselves. It may seem like a simplistic repetitive concept of healthy country means healthy people, but it delves much deeper than that in a way that underpins us all, it may mean important changes right across the board for all of us.
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