Country, Culture, People, Future

Board of Directors

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Natalie Parker

Co-Chairperson - Board of Directors, Chairperson - Pilbara Regional Committee

Natalie is a Nyiyaparli woman from the central Pilbara region who is well known in the community for her leadership capacity.

Natalie represents her community on the board of the Gumula Aboriginal Corporation, Gumula Enterprises Pty Ltd, Meta Maya Aboriginal Corporation as well as being the first female co-chair of Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC).

Natalie enjoys camping on country and spending quality time with her grandchildren. Her aspirations for the future include improvements in health, education and economic opportunities for Aboriginal people. She also would like to see the recognition of culture and a strong future for all.

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Peter Windie

Co-Chairperson - Board of Directors, Chairperson - Yamatji Regional Committee

Peter is a Thudgari man who played an integral leadership role in his peoples Native Title Determination in 2009.

Peter lives in Gascoyne Junction and is a well respected community leader in the region. He is chairman of the Windi Mia Aboriginal Corporation, where he is pursuing possible tourism and pastoral ventures in the Yamatji region.

Peter is passionate about Country and the depth Aboriginal people are spiritually connected to the land.

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Doris Eaton

Deputy Co-Chairperson - Board of Directors, Deputy Chairperson - Pilbara Regional Committee

Mrs Eaton is a Njamal woman from the eastern Pilbara region and in 2009 was named NAIDOC’s female elder of the year.

Mrs Eaton has been involved in health programs for Aboriginal women and children, care for the elderly and has completed studies at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in Darwin.

Mrs Eaton’s driving force is to ensure that younger generations learn strong culture and law from their elders.

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Richard Oakley

Deputy Co-Chairperson - Board of Directors, Deputy Chairperson - Yamatji Regional Committee

Richard is a Malgana man from Carnarvon who is actively involved in his community and has experience working on a variety of boards and committees for community organisations.

Richard has been involved in native title for a long time. Access to Country to be able to pass on lore and culture to is very important to him. Richard would like to see recognition for all Aboriginal people and believes it is important for Aboriginal people unite and work together to protect their culture and Country.

Richard was elected to the Board of Directors and the Yamatji Regional Committee at the Yamatji Annual Regional Meeting on 30th November 2014.

 

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Rhodda Capewell

Rhodda is a member of the Wajarri Yamatji and Amangu claim groups. She was elected to the Yamatji Regional Committee in 2014.  Being on the Yamatji Committee is important to Rhodda because it gives her the opportunity to learn more about native title and her people. Although she did not have the opportunity to learn about her traditions as a child, Rhodda is now exploring Wajarri culture and tradition. She encourages her children to talk to the old people so that they can understand their culture.

Rhodda is passionate about sport. She has played rugby league at both  state and national level and she was the first Aboriginal woman to play for WA in the National Rugby League Championships. She has worked as a role model through the Department of Sports and Recreation to assist others in their sporting development.

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Nora Cooke

Nora is an Ngarla woman who played an integral role in her people’s native title determination in 2007.

Nora enjoys the bush life in the Pilbara, including fishing, camping, cooking and hunting. Nora has an in-depth understanding of bush medicine and provides advice to people seeking bush medicine treatments. She also practices her culture by teaching several Aboriginal languages and running cultural awareness training at mine sites and at the Wangka Maya Language Centre.

To Nora, Country means to live freely on the land, gathering food and hunting.

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Cicily Dowden

Cicily is a Wajarri woman and a resident of Carnarvon. She works as a transport officer for the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation and is a dedicated mother and grandmother.

Cicily is pleased to be a member of the Yamatji Committee so she can work towards her vision for the future. Her aims for the future includes the passing on the knowledge to Aboriginal children to know their culture, language and heritage.

She looks forward to seeing her grandchildren learning their languages from both sides of her family.

In her spare time, Cicily loves gardening and learning about Wajarri Country.

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Terry Jaffrey

Terry is from the Western Shaw River and is a member of the Palyku claim group. He has a long relationship with YMAC and has been an active supporter of native title since 2006.  After 6 years of being a committee member, he took a short break to fulfil professional obligations as Terry liaises with mining proponents and advises on the best interests for his group. He was re-elected to the Pilbara Regional Committee in 2012, and elected to the Board of Directors in November 2014.

Terry was originally involved in the  Woodstock/Abydos Heritage Project located in the East Pilbara region within the traditional Country of the Kariyarra and Palyku people. The area contains numerous sites of cultural and historical importance including mythological, ceremonial, artifacts, engravings and paintings. This area is currently State Heritage listed, after extensive work. It  is Terry’s dream to have this area nationally recognised and eventually World Heritage listed.

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Victor Mourambine

Victor is a Wajarri man from Northampton who has very deep ties to the region. He gained his citizenship from the Australian Government in 1967.

He has a long history of working with the Aboriginal community, on the Commission of Elders at state as well as a regional level. He has accomplished this through the Department of Justice helping prisoners. His work with Aboriginal prisoners earned him the Order of Australia. He is grateful for the opportunities he has had to help his community.

His work in native title is motivated by a desire to gain recognition for Traditional Owners. He wants to carry on the fight of elders who have passed before they were able to gain legal recognition of their Country and culture.

 

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Deborah Oakley

Deborah is a Malgana woman. She currently works with the Carnarvon Aboriginal Medical Service and looks forward to contributing her cultural knowledge and kills towards her work for the Yamatji Regional Committee and Board of Directors.

Country is very precious to Deborah’s heart. For her, Country goes way back to ancestors and now it is up to the current and younger generations to respect what is here.

Deborah is very active.  In her spare time she enjoys  singing and dancing as well as playing basketball, football, softball, darts and going fishing and swimming.

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Diane Stewart

Diane is a Nyangumarta woman who has been actively involved in the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation (Prescribed Body Corporate) after being inspired by elders who worked towards the 2009 Nyangumarta determination.

Diane was born in Port Hedland and continues to live there today, and is proud that her family of five generations continues to have such a strong connection to country. Diane feels a great sense of belonging when she spends time on country with her family, learning hunting and gathering.

Diane works as an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer working with students, parents and the community for better outcomes for Indigenous students.
She was elected to the Pilbara Regional Committee in February 2012, and to the Board of Directors in August 2012

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Selina Stewart

Selina is a Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (PKKP) Traditional Owner and a devoted mother and grandmother.

Selina grew up in Carnarvon and Port Hedland and currently lives in Perth. She has spent ten years working to gain Native Title recognition for her community and has fond memories of learning about her Country from her father and grandmother.

Her drive to serve her community is inspired by her father, who was actively involved in Native Title and made sure his daughters could continue in his footsteps.