The Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park is co-managed by the Antakirinja Matu-Yankuntjartjara Aboriginal Corporation (AMYAC), the traditional owners of the area. The entire park is a registered Aboriginal Site under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988. You can read the stories about this area and learn about its spiritual significance at the main lookout information shelter.
Since 2013, the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park has been managed by the Kanku-Breakaways Co-management Board, a unique co-management arrangement between the AMYAC, District Council of Coober Pedy and Government of South Australia.
Words from the Antakirinja Matu-Yankuntjartjara Aboriginal Corporation
The Kanku-Breakaways hold great cultural and spiritual significance to our people, interwoven with its striking natural formations, plants and animals. Many features form part of our stories that weave across the landscape, extending thousands of kilometres. Managing the Kanku and undertaking traditional practices on country are vital to maintain our strong connection to country.
Aboriginal peoples have occupied, enjoyed and managed the lands and waters of this State for thousands of generations. For Aboriginal first nations, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state.
There are many places across the State that have great spiritual significance to Aboriginal first nations. At some of these places Aboriginal cultural protocols, such as restricted access, are promoted and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of Traditional Owners.
In places where protocols are not promoted visitors are asked to show respect by not touching or removing anything, and make sure you take all your rubbish with you when you leave.
Aboriginal peoples continue to play an active role in caring for their Country, including in parks across South Australia.