The site is located in the Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region, a resource-rich region of Western Australia. It has two cave systems that contain artifacts that indicate the continued occupation of humans for tens of thousands of years.
Although the local custodians Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People fought for a seven-year protection battle, the demolition on May 24 is still in progress.
Chris Salisbury, CEO of Rio Tinto Iron Ore said in a statement released on Sunday: “We are talking about Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People (PKKP) pay tribute. ”
The statement said: “We are sorry for the suffering caused. Our relationship with the PKK is very important for Rio Tinto, which has worked together for many years.”
“We will continue to work with the PKK to understand what is happening and strengthen our partnership. As an urgent matter, we are reviewing plans for all other locations in the Jukan Canyon area.”
According to “7News”, Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura Aboriginal Company spokesperson Burchell Hayes said Rio de Janeiro was informed about the importance of the location last October.
Hayes said: “Until the last three months, PKKPAC further communicated the importance of the site to Rio Tinto.”
He said that the organization discovered Rio Tinto’s intentions only on May 15. CNNBusiness sought comment from Rio Tinto on Hayes’ remarks and directly transferred back to the company statement.
Ken Wyatt, the Federal Minister of Indigenous Affairs, said that “no destruction should occur” and added that he had personally spoken with the traditional owner of the land.
Australian Aboriginal Wyatt said: “It is very important to repeat this situation, and this is very important.”
“The state government of Western Australia needs to ensure that its legislation and approval procedures protect our indigenous cultural heritage. Obviously, in this case, the legislation failed.”
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was the country ’s first person to apologize to the last century for white Australians who forcibly took generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their parents.
“Sanctuary in Juukan Canyon [are] 9 times larger than Stonehenge, 23 times larger than the Colosseum, and 75 times larger than Machu Picchu, “he posted on his official Twitter account.