Country, Culture, People, Future

Western Australian Indigenous Affairs

State Long Term Strategy for Aboriginal Empowerment – Have your Say

Posted: December 11th, 2019

 

Aboriginal people are encouraged to contribute to a new discussion paper to help shape the State’s long-term plan to improve social, economic, health and cultural outcomes.

A Path Forward: Developing the Western Australian Government’s Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, is now open for public comment until 28 February 2020.

The discussion paper takes a whole of government approach and outlines measures to strengthen co-ordination, co-operation and accountability. This will make it easier to see where progress is being made and where Government needs to direct more effort.

The discussion paper is available at https://www.wa.gov.au

6 December – another 25 year anniversary for YMAC.

Posted: December 6th, 2019

6 December marks another 25 year anniversary for YMAC.

In 1994, then named Yamatji Barna Baba Maaja Aboriginal Corporation (YBBMAC), the organisation achieved full Native Title Representative Body (NTRB) status under the Native Title Act (1993), initially to the Geraldton (Yamatji) region.

Achieving this status enabled YBBMAC to manage claims in the Geraldton representative area and established the organisation’s main objective for the next 25 years. In that time YMAC has achieved 26 native title determinations with Traditional Owners.

While our focus remains on achieving native title, YMAC’s services have grown to meet the changing needs of the Traditional Owners we work with. We now also offer a range of services that support Aboriginal Corporations to reach their own milestones in caring for Country and supporting their communities.

YMAC looks forward to the next phase of our partnerships with Traditional Owners throughout the Yamatji and Marlpa regions of WA.

 

Pilbara Women’s Forum Draft Report

Posted: December 4th, 2019

 

Pilbara women are invited to contribute to the Pilbara Aboriginal Women’s Forum draft report that addresses issues such as housing, culture and language, health and more.

Women are invited to attend a forum where they can contribute amendments to the draft report on the day. You can read the  Pilbara Aboriginal Women’s Forum DRAFT REPORT  here.

The consultation is being held by Senator Sue Lines on Wednesday, 11 December at the Ngurin Cultural Centre, 31 Roe Street, Ieramugadu (Roebourne). Please arrive at 9:30am for a 10am start until 2pm.

Click here to RSVP .

A bus will be organised to pick participants up in South Hedland on the morning of the forum and returning in the afternoon. If you would like to put your name down for a seat on the bus please email emma.shearing@aph.gov.au

If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute to the draft, please send any amendments/comments to susan.sutherland@aph.gov.au

Congratulations to Pilbara Aboriginal Voice Co-Chairs – appointed to WAAAC

Posted: October 30th, 2019

 

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) wishes to congratulate Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (Kakurrka Muri) (PAV) Co-Chairs, Danny Brown and Linda Dridi, on their recently announced appointments to the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council (WAAAC).

The WAAAC is a statutory board under the Aboriginal Affairs Planning Authority Act 1972, and will play a key role in working with the State Government on priorities, including the development of an Aboriginal Empowerment Strategy, Closing the Gap, Aboriginal youth suicide and reducing incarceration of Aboriginal people in custody.

Both Danny and Linda have been working with the other interim members of this group since February of this year, advising the State Government on how it can better engage with Aboriginal communities to ensure their voices are heard when it comes to decisions being made that affect them, developing a Terms of Reference and suitable structure to achieve its objectives.

YMAC commends the PAV Co-Chairs for their work to-date representing the Pilbara region at this level, and looks forward to continuing to support them in our capacity as acting secretariat for PAV to see the positive outcomes they accomplish in future as members of the WAAAC.

Watch the highlights from the 2018 Yule River Meeting

Posted: August 14th, 2018

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The 5th Annual On-Country Bush Meeting at Yule River was another extraordinary gathering bringing together more than 400 Traditional Owners from across the Pilbara to discuss issues affecting them and their families. The meeting endorsed Pilbara Aboriginal Voice (PAV), the remarkable group borne out of the 4th meeting in 2017. PAV has made significant progress working together to address issues including language preservation, remote housing, the protection of Aboriginal heritage, Constitutional Recognition, health, education, justice, and the welfare of children.

This year, the 40-strong group welcomed more than 20 new members, and was officially endorsed and recognised by both Federal and State Aboriginal Affairs Ministers Ben Wyatt and Senator Nigel Scullion and others. PAV was acknowledged as an historic union of language groups working as one voice to call on all levels of government to improve living conditions for Aboriginal West Australians.

Today and every day, we recognise Aboriginal Elder, our Deputy Co-Chairperson, Mrs Doris Eaton, for her ongoing inspirational leadership, and great vision for the Pilbara, our Aboriginal Directors, and our dedicated YMAC staff, for their contributions to the Yule River meeting.

For more information about Yule River meetings and their history, please see https://lnkd.in/gEbB4J2

No agreement undermines future of remote communities

Posted: June 28th, 2018

MEDIA STATEMENT: Thursday, 28 June 2018

The Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) has called on the State Government to release details of its plans to manage funding of remote Aboriginal communities into the future.

Natalie Parker, YMAC Co-Chairperson, and Nyiyaparli (central Pilbara region) woman, said with only a few days until the Commonwealth and State Governments’ National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing expires, residents of remote communities across Western Australia were facing deep uncertainty over their future.

“For a decade, the agreement has provided much-needed funding to address overcrowding, homelessness and the poor condition of housing in remote Aboriginal communities,” Ms Parker said.

“The current agreement between the Federal and State Governments is due to expire this Saturday 30 June, and despite negotiations it seems neither party has a plan for future sustainable funding.

“YMAC is concerned there seems to be no plan in place with approximately 30 remote Aboriginal communities and hundreds of families within our region affected.

“YMAC understands the deep cultural and spiritual value that living on Country holds for many Traditional Owners; allowing them to practice traditional Law and customs as recognised under their native title determinations.

“The forced movement of Aboriginal people away from their Country is well understood to cause long-term trauma, social issues and degradation of land and culture – it is completely unacceptable in 2018.”

Simon Hawkins, YMAC Chief Executive, said research had consistently shown direct links between reliable housing and key social indicators including health, education, community safety and economic participation.

“The State and Commonwealth must reach agreement on the future funding of remote Aboriginal housing or they will undermine the sustainability of these homeland communities, and displace hundreds of WA Aboriginal families,” Mr Hawkins said.

YMAC calls on both governments to demonstrate a sustainable plan and respect for the health, wellbeing and safety of all Aboriginal people living remotely in WA.

See the full media statement here: Remote Communities Funding

Media Contact: Jane Grljusich, Communications Manager, 0427 463 796, jgrljusich@ymac.org.au

Country Needs People Indigenous Protected Area and Rangers

Posted: March 17th, 2016

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Country Needs People is a not-for-profit campaign working towards a positive outcome for Indigenous Protected Areas through the care by Indigenous Rangers.

The campaign is fighting for the continued growth and security of current and future opportunities for land and sea management by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To show your support for this campaign sign the petition letting the Prime Minister know you support the growth of Indigenous Ranger Programs go to Country Needs People Invest In Success.

 

 

 

 

YMAC News issue 28

Posted: October 26th, 2015

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YMAC News issue 28 FRONT COVERThe latest issue of YMAC News is now available. We are very pleased to share with you stories and photos of two native title determinations that took place on-Country last month. Read about celebrations on Nyangumarta Country for the dedication of their Indigenous Protected Area, as well as the Annual Bush Meeting at Yule River where Traditional Owners and politicians met to discuss important issues affecting Country and culture. This issue also includes a profile on one of YMAC’s dedicated committee members, Dion Harris.

To request a hard copy or to give us any feedback, email editor@ymac.org.au. We hope you enjoy this issue of YMAC News.

 

 

 

 

Yule River 2015 – Aboriginal community demand answers from WA Government

Posted: September 30th, 2015

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