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.
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.
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.
When Jimmy Chi’s book, Bran Nue Day premiered as a musical on a Perth stage in 1990 it placed Indigenous voices at the centre of the narrative and gave those voices volume like they had not had before. It is really exciting to know there is an opportunity for you or someone you know to add your voice to be part of the 30th anniversary tour of Bran Nue Day.
The final round of auditions for this tour will take place in Broome – where the story was born – across three days next week on 31 May, 1 and 2 June. You have until this Monday 27 May to register.
This is an opportunity for the production team to work with the people who have already auditioned and for those of you who didn’t get a chance to showcase your talents the first time.
The 30th anniversary tour will be driven by the production’s original director, Andrew Ross, and Bangarra dancer and Yawuru woman from Broome Tara Gower joins as Choreographer.
In 1990, Bran Nue Day was recognised nationally with the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards as an outstanding achievement in music and theatre. It takes intelligence and courage to bring crucial topics to a broader audience, and do so in such an engaging way.
It created conversations that we needed to have, and those conversations are still needed today, in 2019. We hope this 30th anniversary production empowers a new generation to carry the important messages of recognition, reconciliation and reclaiming identity to Australia again.
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.
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (Department) engages with Aboriginal Western Australians and all levels of Government to improve the delivery of services and to facilitate the development of policy and programs, which deliver suitable economic, environmental and social benefits to Aboriginal communities.
The Department is seeking two experienced individuals to undertake the role of Senior Heritage Officer. One role is based in Geraldton and one is based in South Hedland (although the Pilbara role may be located in Karratha or Roebourne and applications are also encouraged from these areas). Both are permanent full-time positions. Aboriginality is a genuine occupational requirement of this position under Section 50D of the WA Equal Opportunity Act.
Reporting to the Team Leader Regions, the successful candidate will:
Undertake project work relating to Aboriginal heritage, across Western Australia in line with the strategic direction of the heritage directorate including the provision of advice to external stakeholders relating to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972
Collaborate with stakeholders to develop heritage projects to preserve and protect Aboriginal Sites
Support the Team Leader in identifying and achieving heritage outcomes in line with the agreed Directorate outcomes.
Please use the links below to view the Department website for a job description form and further information about the duties and the job related requirements which will be used to select the successful candidate. Suitable candidates, not selected to fill this vacancy, may be considered for other employment opportunities (in like positions and like locations) over the next 12 months.
The 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.
Friday 25 September saw over 300 people gather at Yule River, a traditional meeting place in the Pilbara to voice their anger and outrage over the WA Government’s Aboriginal Heritage Act Amendment Bill and the Regional Services Reform plan, which focuses on assessing the sustainability of Aboriginal communities across Western Australia.
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.