Country, Culture, People, Future

September 2014

Will you join us?

Posted: September 24th, 2014

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The State Government’s proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act will lead to even weaker protection for Aboriginal heritage sites than we have now. Join us this Friday 26 September to show the State that Aboriginal people care about their heritage and need to have a say in what happens to it.

All Aboriginal people from WA are invited to attend an on-Country meeting at the traditional Yule River meeting place (55kms south of Port Hedland) at 11 am this Friday to discuss the proposed changes. You will have a chance to ask questions, and listen to speakers ranging from respected elders to academics and politicians.

Click here for more information about the meeting and about the issues.

It’s time to strengthen Aboriginal heritage protection

Posted: September 12th, 2014

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Join us in petitioning the State Government

As you probably know, YMAC is organising a meeting on Country on 26 September 2014 to discuss the proposed changes to the Aboriginal Heritage Act, at the request of the Pilbara Regional Committee.

We are now circulating a petition urging the State Government to develop a meaningful framework for reform of the Act that empowers Aboriginal people and builds on previous reviews of Aboriginal heritage legislation.

Click here to download your copy of the petition.

This petition is not limited to the Aboriginal community. Please circulate it as widely as possible, through your professional and personal networks, to make an impact on the WA State Government.

Original signatures (not scans) need to be returned to YMAC at PO Box 3072, 249 Hay Street, East Perth WA 6892 by 31 October 2014 so it can be presented to the State Parliament.

For more information on the changes or the reviews referred to in the petition, go to www.aboriginalheritage.net.au.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on 26 September at Yule River.

Applications open for the SKILLED student vacation program

Posted: September 11th, 2014

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SKILLED and Rio Tinto are offering students aged 15+ the opportunity to engage in vacation employment over the summer school holidays. Placements will be with the Iron Ore Ports division with two areas available – Clerical and Workshop / Trades Assistant.

There are two employment rounds available:

  • Group 1:  8 December to 19 December 2014 (Year 11&12 only)
  • Group 2:  5 January to 16 January 2014 (Year 10,11 & 12)

Placements are only available to students who live locally. To apply contact the SKILLED Karratha branch for an application form on  (08) 9186 7100 or email karratha@skilled.com.au

600 year old Kariyarra ancestor buried at the Pioneer Cemetery

Posted: September 3rd, 2014

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The Department of Aboriginal Affairs repatriation program will see thirteen sets of remains including those of a 600 year old Kariyarra ancestor buried at the Old Port Hedland Pioneer Cemetery.

The Old Pioneer was chosen as it will mean the ancestral remains will rest alongside other Kariyarra ancestors.

A ceremony will be held at the cemetery on 26th September.