Country, Culture, People, Future

2014

Christmas shutdown period

Posted: December 22nd, 2014

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All YMAC offices will be closed over the Christmas period. The South Hedland Office is now closed until the 5 January. Offices in Geraldton and Perth will be closed from 24 December and will reopen on 5 January.

We hope you enjoy your Christmas break and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Celebrating 20 years of YMAC

Posted: December 17th, 2014

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20 Years of YMAC FRONT COVER

December marks 20 years since YMAC became a representative body under the Native Title Act. In celebration of this milestone the Board of Directors is proud to announce a new publication Looking After Country: Our Mother, Our Provider and Keeper.

The book, which is rich with photos and interviews, provides an important record of the achievements of the organisation and the Traditional Owners of the the Murchison, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.

YMAC Co-Chairperson Mrs Doris Eaton said the book is a retrospective on the organisation, how it has grown, and what it has achieved.

“It took us 20 years to get where we are but we’ve got more things to do. We want to see more determinations, we’ve got more to come.”

Click here to view the book on the web or email editor@ymac.org.au to request a hard copy.

Newly elected members of YMAC’s Board and Yamatji Committee

Posted: December 8th, 2014

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YMAC’s Annual Regional Meetings were held in November in South Hedland and Shark Bay. Annual Regional Meetings provide an opportunity for YMAC members to meet with their Regional Committee and members of the Executive Management Team and discuss YMAC’s operations and achievements of the past year. It is also the forum for elections to the Yamatji regional Committee.

Newly elected members of the Yamatji Regional Committee are Darren Capewell, Dion Harris, Rachel Mongoo and Rhodda Capewell, while Victor Mourambine, Rodney Ryan and Susan Oakley were re-elected to Committee positions. They join existing members Ben Roberts as Chair, Peter Windie as Deputy Chair, Paul Baron, Cecily Dowden, Davina Mourambine, Deborah Oakley and Karla Tittums, whose terms continue until the 2015 ARM.

Directly following the Yamatji Annual Regional Meeting the Yamatji Regional Committee met to elect representatives to the Board of Directors. Ben Roberts, Cecily Dowden, Deborah Oakley and Richard Oakley were elected to join the Board along with existing members Peter Windie and Paul Baron.

For more information on our Board and Committees see our Who We Are page.

Aboriginal Heritage Act amendments introduced to parliament

Posted: December 5th, 2014

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YMAC Co-Chairperson Doris Eaton and CEO Simon Hawkins spoke to ABC Mornings regarding the changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act and the introduction of the amendment bill to parliament on 27 November 2014.

Listen the the interview below.

 

For more information on changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act click here.

 

Traditional Owners and miner work together in Weld Range

Posted: December 3rd, 2014

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The Wajarri Yamatji people of Western Australia have announced an agreement with iron ore miner Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Ltd. The Agreement is over Sinosteel’s Weld Range project 70 kms northwest of the town of Cue in WA’s Midwest.

The National Heritage Listed Weld Range is a not only a very significant area to the Wajarri Yamatji people, but also to the history of Western Australia. Sinosteel and the Wajarri Yamatji people agreed on exclusion zones around areas of particular importance, where Sinosteel has agreed never to mine.

For the full media release click here.

Ngurra Nyingu Art Exhibition 2014

Posted: November 24th, 2014

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The Ngurra Nyingu (We Are From This Country) Exhibition is now in its sixth year and showcases artists of the West Pilbara and shares the stories of its people and culture.

The exhibition runs from 18 – 29 November 2014 and is open Monday to Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm in the Woodside Plaza Foyer, 240 St Georges Terrace, Perth.
For more information on the exhibition click here.

Geraldton goes Wajarri

Posted: November 17th, 2014

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Berlin-based artist Pia Lanzinger has developed a project called Geraldton goes Wajarri, as part of a larger program by Perth-based arts organization Spaced. Geraldton goes Wajarri  is designed to provide a forum for the conservation of this language by smuggling Wajarri into the public spaces of the City of Greater Geraldton (Jambinu). 

Although Amangu is the traditional language of the area, today Wajarri is the most commonly spoken Aboriginal language in the Greater Geraldton region of Western Australia.

The launch of Geraldton goes Wajarri, including “adopt a word” will be held this Thursday 20th November, 6 – 7:30pm at the Geraldton Regional Library.

For more information visit http://www.spaced.org.au/projects/pia-lanzinger/

Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference (IBECC)

Posted: November 12th, 2014

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The third annual Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference (IBECC) will be held by the UWA Business School’s Centre for Social Impact from 1-2 December 2014.

The conference offers an opportunity for a range of Indigenous corporations and individuals to engage in an exciting forum for dialogue on best practices to foster growth in the sector.

The IBECC will be of interest to Indigenous business owners and operators, Indigenous Corporations, community organisations, native title and peak body organisations, academics, not for profit enterprises as well as those from the creative and corporate sectors.

For more information on the IBECC visit there website.

 

Registrations Now Open for the WA Heritage Festival

Posted: November 6th, 2014

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The Western Australian Heritage Festival, run by the National Trust is WA’s biggest heritage festival celebrates Australia’s diverse Aboriginal, natural and historic historic through talks, tours, exhibitions and events across Western Australia.

In 2014 the festival attracted over 90,000 people with 169 registered events registered in cities and towns across the state. With a corresponding festival in each state and territory there were over 1,500 events nationwide.

The Western Australian Heritage Festival 2015 will run from 18 April – 18 May. For more information or to register your event visit the Festival website www.nationaltrustfestival.org.au