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Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council



Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council

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Newsletter, April/May 2018

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Dreams realised at Games THE ALC has joined with the Northern, Central and Tiwi Land Councils to lobby the Chief Minister to sign a memorandum of understanding for a NT treaty. In June it will be 30 years since then prime minister Bob Hawke promised a treaty at the 1988 Barunga Festival, after he was presented with the Barunga Statement, which called for greater Indigenous rights. But a national treaty has never eventuated. Meanwhile, state-based treaty processes are underway in Victoria and South Australia. The ALC met with the other NT land councils in March to map out the details of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a NT treaty. ALC chief executive Mark Hewitt said the MOU would provide a framework for future discussions about what would be included in a treaty. We will be seeking growing control over our lands, housing, local government and the long term sustainable economic opportunities over our sea country as a replacement to mining income, Mark said. The land councils want the signing of an MOU to coincide with this years Barunga Festival in June. Mark said an MOU would help ensure the Anindilyakwa people were in control of their own affairs. The Anindilyakwa people dont want outsiders to impose ideas but want to themselves dictate what happens, he said. LAND COUNCILS PUSH FOR TREATY Continued from Page 1. Groote Eylandt artists Annabell Amagula, Bernadette Watt and Maisie Lalara flew to Queensland to watch the spectacular and see their pieces in the limelight. When I was a little girl, I saw my great, great grandmother making baskets and bags, Maisie said. When I grow up I was thinking to myself, I can make my things in the new ways. The artists first saw fashion on a catwalk at Darwin Art Fair last year, according to Anindilyakwa Arts Centre coordinator Aly de Groot. They were very inspired and when they came back said they want to see their own work on the catwalk, Aly said. Its so exciting to see that dream realised so fast. It was a spectacular opportunity for the artists to learn more, meet other designers and connect with their culture, through fashion. Meanwhile, Angurugu and Umbakumba students Kelvin Wurramara, Dayron Pascoe, Kelvin Wurramara and Rayshaun Maminyamanja were chosen to attend two Commonwealth Games preliminary basketball matches in Cairns. Bush Fit Mob trainers organised the trip to reward their great school attendance and positive outside school engagement. COLLABORATION: Tiwi Land Council deputy chief executive Andrew Tipungwuti, Central Land Council director David Ross, Anindilyakwa Land Council chief executive Mark Hewitt and Northern Land Council chief executive Joe Morrison. | April/May 2018 Page 4

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