Talking about Uranium is an educational resource package designed for use in Central Australian communities and schools to explore the health, environmental, cultural and social impacts of uranium mining and nuclear projects.
In recent years applications for uranium exploration and mining approvals have sharply increased across Central Australia and the Northern Territory. The uranium mining industry, with an abundance of resources, is actively promoting the benefits of its activities to both Indigenous and non-indigenous residents. This resource was compiled in recognition of the increasing pressures on local communities to grant approval for high impact nuclear and uranium mining projects on traditional lands.
The resource package was developed with the assistance of local health and environment organisations and Traditional Owners whose homelands have been impacted by uranium exploration and mining. The story and resources are available in both Arrernte and English in recognition of the limited amount of information about the impacts of the nuclear industry accessible to Aboriginal people whom continue to be disproportionately targeted by this industry, and for whom English is often a second, third or fourth language.
The uranium education resource package ‘Talking about Uranium’ is now available in Arrernte and English and consists of a range of resources.
Talking about Uranium was developed by a steering committee comprising Arrernte Traditional Owners from communities affected by uranium projects, the Arid Lands Environment Centre, Beyond Nuclear Initiative, Medical Association for the Prevention of War, the Public Health Association of the NT and other interested stakeholders. Financial support was provided by the Fouress Foundation and Families for a Nuclear Free Future.