Country, Culture, People, Future

November 2011

Important Announcement: Seasonal heritage survey break

Posted: November 3rd, 2011

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For many Aboriginal communities in the Midwest and Pilbara, December to January is a special time of year to observe cultural obligations and practices. This means different things for different communities, but for many people it involves passing sacred, ancient knowledge from elders to young people, and practicing rituals and ceremonies to maintain connection with country and culture. These important activities often take Aboriginal people out on country for several days or weeks at a time.

Out of respect for these essential cultural obligations and practices, and so as not to interfere with them, YMAC will not be conducting any heritage surveys between 14 December and 1 February. It is very important that culturally knowledgeable Aboriginal people attend heritage surveys on their country, and these are the very people who are most involved with cultural obligations on country.

Any heritage survey requests received after 14 December will be scheduled to commence after 1 February. Thank you for your understanding.

Weld Range gets media attention

Posted: November 1st, 2011

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The Weld Range, in Wajarri Yamatji country, has been getting alot of media attention lately. Since it was included on the National Heritage List earlier this year, the National Native Title Tribunal has made the unusual ruling that a mining lease should not be granted there because of the significance of the area to Traditional Owners.

This week the ABC has published an informative story highlighting the historical importance of Wilgie Mia and the Wajarri Yamatji people’s dedication to its maintainance and protection.

Read the ABC story here