Country, Culture, People, Future

Case Studies

Banjima BHPIO Agreement

Margaret Beck, BHPIO; Maitland Parker, Banjima Traditional Owner; Slim Parker, Banjima Traditional Owener; Jimmy Wilson, President, BHPIO

Banjima BHPIO Agreement

In 2015, BHP Billiton signed a new native title agreement with the Banjima People in Western Australia.

The BHP Billiton Banjima Comprehensive Agreement covers an area of 8263 square kilometres and includes a number of the Company’s Pilbara-based iron ore operations and most of the Banjima Native Title determination area.

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Puutu Kunti Kuruma and Pinikura (PKKP) Peoples Determination

PKKP traditional owners at their native title determination

Puutu Kunti Kuruma and Pinikura Determination

In 2015, after 14 years after their claim was first registered, the Puutu Kunti Kuruma and Pinikura (PKKP) Peoples celebrated the legal recognition of their land and culture at a Federal Court hearing, held on-Country, recognising their native title rights. What the PKKP People have always known has now been legitimised and recognised.

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Jurruru Determination

Jurruru On-Country Determination

Jurruru Determination

In 2015, the Jururru People celebrated the legal recognition of their land and culture at a Federal Court hearing held on-Country. This was the end point in a 15 year legal process. It is the beginning of a new phase for the Jurruru people as native tile holders.

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Nyangumarta Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)

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Nyangumarta Indigenous Protected Area (IPA)

In 2015 a dedication ceremony was held to signifying the establishment of the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) for the Nyangumarta People. The IPA meant that Traditional Owners of the land entered into a voluntary agreement with the Australian government for the purposes of promoting biodiversity and cultural resource conservation.

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Joint native title rights for the Nyangumarta and Karajarri peoples

Nyangumarta boys, May 2012

Joint native title rights for the Nyangumarta and Karajarri people

In May 2012, the Federal Court handed down a native title determination to the Nyangumarta and Karajarri communities across shared country near 80 Mile Beach in Western Australia.

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Agreements with Rio Tinto Iron Ore

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Agreements with Rio Tinto Iron Ore

In 2011, four Pilbara native title claim groups signed comprehensive native title agreements with Rio Tinto Iron Ore. This was followed in 2012 by a fifth group, the Yinhawangka people.

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Weld Range National Heritage Listing

Wilgie Mia Signpost

Weld Range National Heritage Listing

The Weld Range is a very special place for Aboriginal people in Western Australia. The Wajarri Yamatji people are the Traditional Owners of the Weld Range and its famous ochre mine, Wilgie Mia. Aboriginal people from across Australia have been coming to mine ochre from Wilgie Mia for thousands of years.

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Logo and Branding for Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation

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Logo and Branding for Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation

In 2009, the Nyangumarta People of the North Pilbara had their native title rights formally recognised under Australian Commonwealth Law. This lead to the creation of the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation, to manage these native title rights along with cultural, economic and environmental projects.

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Thudgari Native Title Determination

Thudgari elder Charlie Lapthorne

Thudgari Native Title Determination

In November 2009, twelve years after their claim was first registered, the Thudgari People, along with government and pastoral representatives, met on Thudgari country to determine native title over 11,280sq km of land.

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