Indigenous Relations

Pilbara Minerals acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people, their culture, language, traditions and connection to Country

We work closely with Traditional Owners of the lands where we are active to ensure meaningful engagement and mutual understanding.

Indigenous Relations and Heritage

We are committed to working with Traditional Owners to ensure, where possible, they are meaningfully engaged through employment and enterprise development opportunities arising from the Pilgangoora Project.

We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal peoples, their culture, language, traditions and connection to country, and actively work to create mutual understanding and strengthen engagement across all our operations.

During the development and now operation of the Pilgangoora Project we engage extensively with the Traditional Owners of the area encompassing the Pilgangoora Project the Nyamal People, and the Kariyarra People who are the Traditional Owners of the surrounding area where regional exploration is undertaken and supporting project infrastructure is located.

To support these relationships separate agreements are in place with both groups. A Native Title Agreement and a Heritage Protection Agreement is in place with the Nyamal People and an Infrastructure Agreement (utilities and access roads) and Heritage Protection Agreement with the Kariyarra People. 

Out of respect and recognising the Nyamal People’s connection to country (which the Pilgangoora Project is located on) we asked Nyamal to name each of our processing plants and our accommodation blocks. 

As a result, Plant One (our original Pilgangoora plant) is now known as Pilgan and Plant Two (previously Altura plant) as Ngungaju (pronounced – Nuh-ga-ju).

Ngungaju means ‘place of water’ – as the area is highly prospective for water with the landscape containing many creeks and spring beds.

Pilgan pays homage to our original Pilgangoora Plant, with ‘Pilgangoora’ being the Nyamal name for the entire area. 

Our four accommodation blocks were given Nyamal animal names, Joodu (Snake), Marloo (Kangaroo), Warringpirna (Wedgetail Eagle) and Nyamela (Pink Witchetty Grub).

To cultivate positive engagement and create greater understanding across our workforce, regular Cultural Awareness Training is delivered to employees and partners. We also celebrate Aboriginal culture and people by marking key events such as NAIDOC week and Reconciliation Day.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan, released in May 2024, furthers our commitment to create enduring and mutually beneficial relationships with Traditional Owner partners and local communities surrounding the Pilgangoora Operation. Click here to read our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.