Indigenous Law Archive

  • Australia Has Its Own “Haka” The following has been written by Richard Trudgen with coaching from Djiniyini & Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra, Dhulumburr Gayakamangu, Yingiya Guyulaand & Maratja Dhamarrandji. I recently got a phone call from Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra where she asked me, “What picture do […]

    Australia Has Its Own “Haka”

    Australia Has Its Own “Haka” The following has been written by Richard Trudgen with coaching from Djiniyini & Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra, Dhulumburr Gayakamangu, Yingiya Guyulaand & Maratja Dhamarrandji. I recently got a phone call from Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra where she asked me, “What picture do […]

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  • Four years ago Why Warriors P/L (WW) responded to a call from 15 leaders of different Yolŋu families at Galiwinku, on Elcho Island, to come and work with them to help them start their own businesses. To do this WW deployed a non-profit pilot called […]

    Getting Yolŋu Into Business

    Four years ago Why Warriors P/L (WW) responded to a call from 15 leaders of different Yolŋu families at Galiwinku, on Elcho Island, to come and work with them to help them start their own businesses. To do this WW deployed a non-profit pilot called […]

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  • This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning deep mutual respect and understanding, […]

    Dharaŋanawuy – deep mutual respect and understanding

    This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning deep mutual respect and understanding, […]

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  •   Media Statement   Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Yolngu Nations Assembly) RE: Yolngu Nations Third Assembly and 99 Year Leases Statement: This past weekend the Yolngu Nations Assembly (YNA) held their third assembly at Milingimbi (15-17th of November 2013). The YNA’s inaugural assembly took place in […]

    Yolngu Nations Third Assembly and 99 Year Leases

      Media Statement   Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni (Yolngu Nations Assembly) RE: Yolngu Nations Third Assembly and 99 Year Leases Statement: This past weekend the Yolngu Nations Assembly (YNA) held their third assembly at Milingimbi (15-17th of November 2013). The YNA’s inaugural assembly took place in […]

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  •   This week is NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme is focused on the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petition. It is a good time to remember the bark petitions that continue to be ignored. In 1963 Yolŋu Elders of north-east […]

    What Happened to the Second Bark Petition?

      This week is NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme is focused on the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petition. It is a good time to remember the bark petitions that continue to be ignored. In 1963 Yolŋu Elders of north-east […]

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  • MEDIA RELEASE: SECOND MEETING OF THE YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY Independently established 12 months ago in Galiwinku, the Yolnguw Makarr-Dhuni (Yolngu Nations Assembly) held its 2nd annual gathering in Maningrida from the 11th to the 13th of October. Male and female representatives from East, Central and […]

    Yolngu leaders speak up together on NT and federal policies

    MEDIA RELEASE: SECOND MEETING OF THE YOLNGU NATIONS ASSEMBLY Independently established 12 months ago in Galiwinku, the Yolnguw Makarr-Dhuni (Yolngu Nations Assembly) held its 2nd annual gathering in Maningrida from the 11th to the 13th of October. Male and female representatives from East, Central and […]

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  • The first ever Yolŋu Nations Assembly (YNA) was held from 14th-17th October in Galiwin’ku, bringing together clan leaders from across Arnhem Land. Below is a letter of thanks from Yolŋu leaders to those who supported the gathering. 31st October 2011 Dear Supporters, On behalf of Yolŋu Nations Assembly […]

    First Yolngu Nations Assembly held in Galiwin’ku

    The first ever Yolŋu Nations Assembly (YNA) was held from 14th-17th October in Galiwin’ku, bringing together clan leaders from across Arnhem Land. Below is a letter of thanks from Yolŋu leaders to those who supported the gathering. 31st October 2011 Dear Supporters, On behalf of Yolŋu Nations Assembly […]

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  • Media Release by Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM: June 2011 In June, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a “second intervention” to follow the Government’s Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). This is the response from Aboriginal leaders in the Northern Territory to this announcement: The […]

    Aboriginal Leaders Respond to Government’s “Second Intervention”

    Media Release by Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM: June 2011 In June, the Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a “second intervention” to follow the Government’s Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER). This is the response from Aboriginal leaders in the Northern Territory to this announcement: The […]

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  • Earlier this year, Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights came to Australia on her first official visit to discuss rights issues with the Government, the Australian Human Rights Commission, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and non-governmental organizations. During her […]

    Galiwin’ku Women Speak Up to the UN for Recognition of Yolŋu Law

    Earlier this year, Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights came to Australia on her first official visit to discuss rights issues with the Government, the Australian Human Rights Commission, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and non-governmental organizations. During her […]

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  • Dhurili Nation considers court action as Prime Minister celebrates historic agreement in Gove Peninsula, NT. The Dhurili Nation, comprising the Datiwuy, Golumala, Marrakulu and Marrangu clans have previously confirmed to the Northern Land Council and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs that they are lawful traditional […]

    Dhurili Nation Challenges Mining Lease Agreement in Court

    Dhurili Nation considers court action as Prime Minister celebrates historic agreement in Gove Peninsula, NT. The Dhurili Nation, comprising the Datiwuy, Golumala, Marrakulu and Marrangu clans have previously confirmed to the Northern Land Council and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs that they are lawful traditional […]

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