Traditional owners MUST make
decisions over their country
Unity is strength
We stood together for the meteoric fight which saw the recognition of Native Title come to fruition in 1992. We continue to stand here to finish what was started by and for the First Nation’s people of Cape York. Our greatest successes have come when we have marched together. If we are to build a future for our families and generations to come, we must stand united.
Support builds for Uluru Statement from the Heart
CAPE YORK LEADERS WELCOME THE SUPPORT OF RESOURCE GIANTS BHP & RIO TINTO FOR THE ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEART AND THEIR SUPPORT FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ESTABLISHING AN INDIGENOUS VOICE TO PARLIAMENT
The news that Australia’s two largest resource companies, BHP and Rio Tinto are backing the Uluru Statement from the Heart and substantive constitutional recognition including a Voice to Parliament, is welcomed by Indigenous leaders in Cape York.
BHP and Rio Tinto today announced shared support for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament and BHP’s commitment to investment in a public education campaign on the Uluru Statement.
The Chair of the Cape York Land Council, Richie Ah Mat, said today’s pledge shows that the Australian community is increasingly understanding that the Indigenous Voice to Parliament is essential to the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and closing the gap on disadvantage.
Only when Indigenous people are empowered to take part in the decisions that affect them will policy be properly targeted and outcomes improved.
BHP and Rio Tinto join national bodies such as the Australian Medical Association, Australian Council of Social Services, leading universities, and key influential figures across the political spectrum such as Jeff Kennett, Kevin Rudd and Alan Jones, have endorsed the Uluru Statement and the Voice to Parliament.
Big business coming together around the Indigenous Voice to Parliament shows their commitment to the key social justice issue of our time, and recognition that this is a critical step in overcoming the disadvantaged face by Indigenous communities.
We welcome this support and encourage the nation to get behind First Nations people to enable a voice in the decisions that impact their lives.
The Uluru Education Project, which BHP is committing funding towards, will be managed by a steering group that includes prominent Australians, Professor Fiona Stanley from Western Australia, Danny Gilbert of Gilbert + Tobin lawyers in Sydney and Indigenous Leaders including Professor Megan Davis and North Queensland Land Council director Terry O’Shane.
We look forward to the Uluru Education Project contributing to greater awareness in the Australian community of the Uluru Statement, and building support for a successful referendum. BHP’s commitment of funding is a great demonstration of the good will and genuine support they have for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
THE STRENGTH WE HAVE – CAPE YORK LAND COUNCIL
It is the voice of Traditional Owners that guides our direction. We are governed by the will of Cape York.
Cape York Land Council is a safe place where big ideas and powerful ambitions are driven by expertise and passion.
We were there from the beginning and we forged the human path to native title determination. We know where we’re going because we know where we’ve been.
The Cape York Land Council respects that all Traditional owners have autonomy and speak to their own lands.
The preservation and promotion of the traditions and cultures of Aboriginal people is a key driver for Land Council’s mission.
We are you. We too share the passion and pride of the people of Cape York and are dedicated to improving the lives of real people.
TRADITIONAL OWNERS HAVE DRIVEN THE NARRATIVE
After a lengthy period of consultation on country with Traditional owners the Cape York Land Council have been given a very clear mandate on what success in this Native title space looks like:
- Traditional owners want the return of their land, not the politics
- Traditional owners must make their own decisions and speak for their country
- Traditional owners want certainty and not confusion
- Traditional owners don’t want this to take another quarter of a century. It’s time for the dispossession to end.
Any process that causes disruption or lacks unity will almost certainly delay the opportunity for this justice significantly.
Ngan Aak Kunch
WHAT IS ONE CLAIM?
Native Title is an asset for Cape York’s First Nations people with potential to build livelihoods free from dependency. We will use it to build indigenous led business and enable our children to have jobs in our communities. In supporting One Claim, we have the best chance for the native title determinations to be made efficiently and provide these opportunities for our people.
Native Title is an asset for Cape York’s First Nations people with potential to build livelihoods free from dependency. We will use it to build indigenous led business and enable our children to have jobs in our communities.
In supporting One Claim, we have the best chance for the native title determinations to be made efficiently and provide these opportunities for our people.