November 2017: Exclusive Native Title Announced at Jinderwarrinha
On the 13th November more that 200 Yindjibarndi families, Western Australian politicians, and friends of Yindjibarndi people streamed to the Millstream National Park to hear Judge Steven Rares announce the Yindjibarndi#1 Exclusive Native Title judgement on our country for all to hear and celebrate.
A wonderful celebration was organized by the Board, cultural custodians and members of the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation and Juluwarlu for the campers and day visitors. More than 20 Yindjibarndi flags lined the walkway to the Old Millstream homestead, and the Judge and special guests were welcomed and led along the eucalyptus strewn path by more that 60 chanting and dancing painted Yindjibarndi men, women and young people. YIndjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Chair, Lyn Cheedy and CEO Michael Woodley spoke powerfully about the deep history and continuing commitment of our Yindjibarndi people to our ngurra (country), our Elders who began the Yindjibarndi#1claim and the many Elders who have fought to hold on to our sacred places and regain our ngurra since the pastoralists arrived in 1863, saying that we honour them all.
When Justice Rares read the judgement of the Federal Court for all to hear, many wept. To know that we are truly recognized by Australian nation as Yindjibarndi who belong to and have Exclusive Native Title to some 2,700 square kilometres of our ngurra, and that we have established this truth for every future generation, was a deep experience.