Country, Culture, People, Future

June 2014

Scholarship opportunity to attend international leadership program

Posted: June 25th, 2014

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The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation in conjunction with Chief Executive Women is offering scholarship to attend the Leading for Results Program at top business school INSEAD in Singapore. Applications are open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with over 5 years experience as a manager.

The five day program will run in December 2014 and aims to transform the leadership abilities of managers  with a focus on the global business environment. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to communicated a compelling vision and inspire others to exceptional achieve results. For more information on the program click here.

Scholarship applications close on 28 July 2014 to apply visit the Chief Executive Women website.

Overseas higher education study tour for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Posted: June 19th, 2014

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The Aurora Project is seeking applications from high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduates in any field of study, who have completed at least two years of their course of study.  University graduates are also welcome to apply.

The group of successful applicants (around 15 in total) will leave Australia in late October or early November and spend approximately 2½ weeks in the US visiting several top-tier universities and approximately 2 weeks at Cambridge and Oxford in the UK.  All costs associated with travel, accommodation and meals will be covered by Aurora and its supporters.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students, click here to find out more and read testimonials from last year’s participants.

Exhibition at Bundiyarra honours Aboriginal military service in the Midwest and Gascoyne

Posted: June 18th, 2014

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Bundiyarra exhibition NAIDOC 2014

YMAC News issue 24 now available for download

Posted: June 16th, 2014

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YMAC News issue 24 FRONT COVERThe latest issue of YMAC News is now available for you to download. Our cover story is about the Banjima people’s on-country native title determination at Karijini National Park, and includes lots of photos from the day.

There is also a story about a significant win in the High Court by the Ngarla people that will have ramifications for native title claims nation-wide.

The Kurama and Marthudunera people and the Gnulli people have both entered into agreements with resource companies that are featured in this issue.

Click here to read these stories and more.

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Opportunity to attend National Coast to Coast Conference 2014

Posted: June 11th, 2014

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The Northern Agricultural Catchment Council (NACC) is offering a subsidy for up to four  coastal community members from across the Northern  Agricultural Region to attend the  Coast to Coast Conference 2014 to be held in Mandurah between 27-31 October 2014.

The Coast to Coast Conference is a forum for people with an interest in coastal, estuarine and marine matters to meet and to share knowledge and experiences in the areas of management, science, policy, governance, advocacy and other related topics. Click here for more information about the conference.

Expressions of interest are now being sought by NACC for community members from the Northern Agricultural Region (from the Shire of Gin Gin to Shire of Northampton) who are involved in land management or coastal care in their communities.

Click here for more information and an Expression of Interest form. Deadline for submission is 30 June.

Indigenous Australians in the Resources Sector Forum

Posted: June 6th, 2014

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On the 11th July the Inaugural Indigenous Australians in the Resources Sector Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Perth.

Held during NAIDOC week, the forum is free and open to all Indigenous men and women who are working in the mining, oil and gas or related industries.

For more information or to register you interest to attend the forum please see the information sheet and registration form below.

Indigenous Australians in the Resources Sector – Friday 11 July

Registration Form – Indigenous People in the Resources Sector – Friday 11 July




Congratulations to Miss NAIDOC winner Ashlea Walley

Posted: June 5th, 2014

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On Saturday 24th May Noongar/Yamatji woman Ashlea Walley was announced as 2014 Miss NAIDOC Perth at the final ceremony held in the Perth Concert Hall.

Ashlea joined nine other finalists from across the state including Yamatji woman Jaimee Coster and Noongar/Nyiyaparli woman Amy Groves in celebrating the completion of the Miss NAIDOC leadership and empowerment program.

YMAC would like to congratulate Ashlea and all the Miss NAIDOC finalist on their achievement.

Anniversary of the Mabo Decision

Posted: June 3rd, 2014

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Today marks 22 years since the landmark decision  Mabo v. Queensland (No 2). That High Court decision overturned the doctrine of terra nullius, which was the legal fiction that Australia was unoccupied land when the British arrived, and had allowed Australian governments to ignore Aboriginal land rights for so long. The High Court found that native title exists, and that traditional owners have rights to the land, in accordance with traditional systems of law, except where those rights have been expressly extinguished (for example, through private ownership).

As a result of the High Court decision, the Federal Government, led by Prime Minister Paul Keating, introduced the Native Title Act 1993 to say how native title can be recognised.
The anniversary of the High Court decision, 3 June, is a public holiday in the Torres Strait every year, and also marks the end of National Reconciliation Week.

For more information visit Reconciliation Australia‘s resources page or 

Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

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