Banjima's traditional Country spans more than one million hectares in the central Pilbara region of Western Australia, including the north-eastern area of Karijini National Park. The Banjima People received Native Title determination over their tradition lands and waters on 11 March, 2014.
To Banjima People, all Banjima Country and its elements are important: the animals and plants; the landscape; the water; and the connection to culture. All these have great cultural and spiritual importance, and Banjima people have stories about many of these that help their conservation and understanding.
Banjima, as with many other language group across Australia, have an intimate understanding of their Country.
The Pilbara biogeographic region has a wealth of biodiversity and other environmental values, evidenced by its diverse range of terrestrial, aquatic and marine landscapes, numerous flora and fauna species and communities, nationally listed wetlands, and ecological features endemic to the region.
In addition to being one of 15 biodiversity hotspots in Australia, the region is also one of Australia’s development hotspots and is of substantial economic importance to Western Australia and Australia.