Membership on MLDRIN Confederation is for recognised traditional groups or Nations. These were also sometimes called “tribes”, “tribal groups” or “language groups”. This recognition is not just from non-Indigenous sources but from self-identification and collective Indigenous recognition.
The relationship between these traditional owners stretches back to the dawn of time and is bound not just by the Rivers but also through trade, marriages, languages, stories, song, dance and information sharing. These connections continue to this day.