Just months ago Rio Tinto was publicly slammed for blowing up the Juukan Gorge, in remote Western Australia. But now there’s a new battleground forming over the protection of Indigenous heritage right on Sydney’s doorstep.
The CEO of mining company Rio Tinto quit amid outrage after it destroyed ancient Aboriginal caves in Australia. The 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge caves had some of the earliest known bone tools in Australia, plus DNA linked to Indigenous people still living in the area.
The three executives deemed to be partially responsible for the destruction of Juukan Gorge will leave the company after a shareholder revolt.
#BREAKING #RioTinto CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques has been forced out after a huge public backlash. Over 30k of you signed petitions, spoke out, and stood in solidarity with First Nations people after the mining giant wilfully destroyed part of the 46,0000 year old Juukan Gorge.
“The Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura Aboriginal Corporation (PKKPAC) vehemently rejects statements made by Rio Tinto this week claiming that the corporation had not relayed the significance of rock shelters in the Juukan Gorge or our preference that they be preserved."
A mining company destroyed a 46,000-year old Aboriginal heritage site in Australia. Juukan Gorge is one of the most ancient Aboriginal sites, with digs finding tools and 4,000-year old hair: "We won't having anything to show the next generation." (Photo: PKKP Aboriginal Corp)