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Supporting Aboriginal businesses in the bushfood industry

Updated: May 15

Around Australia and internationally, interest in Indigenous bushfoods and bush products has been steadily increasing in recent years. As the industry grows, there is an urgent need for the protection of Indigenous knowledge and supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses to prosper.

This week Anika Valenti (Senior Solicitor) was in Roelands Village, two hours south of Perth, for a two-day event ‘Supporting Aboriginal businesses in the bushfood industry’. It was a great turn out with some of the leading voices in the industry speaking on topics such as entrepreneurship and food sovereignty. Uncle Les Wallam delivered a Welcome to Country followed by speakers such as Bruce Pascoe from Black Duck Foods. Paul Iskov from Fervor Food put on a feast including an incredible kangaroo tail stew!

Anika launched the Setting up for success: Bushfoods guide she developed for the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). The guide is designed to assist Aboriginal businesses wanting to enter or increase their participation in the industry.

The guide is accompanied by Protection of Indigenous ecological knowledge for bush food businesses, which looks at the relevant national and international legal framework for bushfood businesses, including the importance of best practice protocols in the protection of Indigenous knowledge.

Anika Valenti and Daisy Goodwin from Aboriginal Economic Development unit, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (WA).

Anika presenting to attendees at DPIRD Bushfoods Guide launch at Roelands Village.

Uncle Les Wallam, Anika Valenti, Kelly Flugge, Michael (Junior) Bulley, Roelands Village

Bushfoods collected on Country by Roelands Village workers

Bush Products & the Law workshop
Terri Janke and Anika Valenti will be presenting a Bush Products & the Law workshop (online) on 30 November 2021. The workshop covers topics such as commercialisation, Intellectual Property and protecting Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). For more information and to register:

Contact us

If you work with bushfoods or bush products and think that Anika Valenti can assist you with your enquiry, contact Terri Janke and Company on (02) 9693 2577 or email

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