Traditional owners MUST make
decisions over their country

  • Pormpuraaw – Native Title Meeting
  • Lockhart River – Cancellation

    Please be advised that due to Sorry Business, Lockhart River meetings previously scheduled for week beginning 10 August 2020 have now been rescheduled for September.

    Details are as follows:

    Date: Tuesday 8 September 2020 to Thursday 10 September 2020

    Time: From 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

    Venue: Puuya Centre, Lockhart River

    Purpose of this meeting:

    This meeting is for Cape York Land Council to:
    • provide an update on the progress of the Cape York United # 1 native title claim (claim area shown
    on the map below);
    • discuss the proposed native title group descriptions for the Umpila, Utaalnganu (Night Island) and
    Kuuku Ya’u native title groups; and
    • take instruction in relation to a working group or groups.
    CYLC staff will be in Lockhart River on the dates above to discuss the claim with any Traditional Owners.

    If you would like to meet with us, please contact CYLC on the numbers below.

    For travel assistance queries or to confirm your attendance, please contact Jayd Copelin at CYLC on free call number 1800 623 548 or by email jcopelin@cylc.org.au. Please note that there is limited funding available
    for travel assistance.

    If you would like to discuss your connection to the groups noted above, please call AnnMarie Volpe or Pascale Taplin at the CYLC offices on freecall number 1800 623 548.

  • CYLC Recognition Application

    The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt MP, is considering an application from Cape York Land Council (CYLC) for recognition as the native title representative body for the Cape York Region.

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THE STRENGTH WE HAVE – CAPE YORK LAND COUNCIL

CAMPFIRE GOVERNANCE

It is the voice of Traditional Owners that guides our direction. We are governed by the will of Cape York.

MEETING PLACE

Cape York Land Council is a safe place where big ideas and powerful ambitions are driven by expertise and passion.

HUMAN TRACKS

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.

RESPECT

The Cape York Land Council respects that all Traditional owners have autonomy and speak to their own lands.

CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE

The preservation and promotion of the traditions and cultures of Aboriginal people is a key driver for Land Council’s mission.

PEOPLE

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.

SUCCESSFUL DETERMINATIONS

WHAT IS ONE CLAIM?

Stronger Together

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.

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