Country, Culture, People, Future

September 2015

Yule River 2015 – Aboriginal community demand answers from WA Government

Posted: September 30th, 2015

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Cultural Awareness and the local context Forum

Posted: September 25th, 2015

 

A forum on Cultural Awareness and the local context will be held on Monday 28 September 2015 at Lotteries House in South Hedland. Hosted by the Town of Port Hedland the forum will address any issue of concerns of the Aboriginal community.

The forum is open to all members of the Aboriginal community so that those with relevant knowledge or interest can attend and ensure that the forum focuses on an issue that is applicable to them. Also invited are representatives from relevant agencies and organisations who may be able to assist community members and add value to the discussions. If you are interested to attend and participate in the discussions,  RSVP to admincd@porthedland.wa.gov.au

 

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Warajanga Cultural Evening

Posted: September 21st, 2015

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Celebrate the culture of the Pilbara at the Warajanga Cultural Evening. On Wednesday, 23 September from 4.30pm to 8.30pm the evening will host artists as well as showcase traditional dancing, local musicians, stalls and food. The evening will be held at the South Hedland Town Square.

 

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The 1946 Pilbara Strike featured in ABC Northwest News Article

Posted: September 8th, 2015

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In a recent article by ABC Northwest WA, the 1946 Pilbara Strike was featured. Aboriginal pastoral workers in the Pilbara walked off their jobs against the oppressive work conditions they were facing.

In our Celebrating 20 Years of YMAC, the story of the 1946 strike was shared in the Aboriginal Leadership chapter. The 1946 strike was the first strike by the Aboriginal People and the longest in Australian History.

The reason behind the strike was in protest to the low pay, or in some instances rations instead of pay. The strike was planned by about 200 elders from 23 different groups and more than 800 workers left stations. Some were forced to return to work while others formed new occupations. Many of them formed strike camps and gathered bush tucker, skins and engaged in mining activities to provide food and money for the people there.

Two of the key leaders in the movement were Ernie Mitchell and Peter Coppin. During the course of the strike, they re-gained the lease of the Yandeyarra Station in 1967 and set up an Aboriginal-run community and a community and pastoral enterprise.

YMAC’s Co-Chair Doris Eaton and Deputy Regional Manager Nyaparu Rose are the daughters of Ernie Mitchell and Peter Coppin. This tangible connection provides YMAC with a strong connection to the history of social justice and leadership.

Congratulations to the Jurruru and PKKP people!

Posted: September 4th, 2015

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We are extremely happy to congratulate the Jurruru people and the PKKP people on their native title determinations this week. Both of these determinations are very significant for the Traditional Owners and represent the end of many years of hard work and perseverance.

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Native title recognised for Jurruru people

Native title recognised for PKKP people