July 20th 2017 – Yindjibarnd#1 Land Rights Outcome
Yindjibarndi will always remember this date, and the time when the broadcast announcement by Judge Stephen Rares came through. After a 14 year difficult and often heartbreaking struggle initiated by our Elders in 2003, and carried forward by the YIndjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Prescribed Body Corporate to achieve Exclusive Native Title for a significant part of our ancestral ngurra, our families and friends gathered at Juluwarlu to hear the Federal Court broadcast its findings.
In the Judgement, Judge Rares states, “I have found that the Yindjibarndi are entitled to Exclusive Native Title Rights and interests over all the unallocated Crown Land in the claimed area and the Yandeeyara Reserve, except for a small area occupied by the Tom Price railway.” Justice Rares further ruled that: “This includes the unallocated Crown Land occupied by FMG’s Solomon Hub mine.” Yindjibarndi had been recognized for our 60,000 year cultural legacy and our continuing custodianship and spiritual belonging to 2,700 deeply significant square kilometres handed down through 2,000 generations since the beginning of time, Ngurra Byujunggamu, the time when the world was soft. Our children and our children’s children inherit the legacy that is truly ours. We give thanks to all of our Elders who have kept the Law and our Culture strong.