NAIDOC Week 2022 Feature: Native Title Rights and Recognition

Posted: July 4th, 2022

Today, YMAC acknowledges and pays tribute to the many strong leaders in our regions – past, present, and emerging – who Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for their native title rights and recognition.

The journey to having native title determined is often long and always hard-fought. These leaders have demonstrated significant resilience and resolve to ensure their rights are recognised and will be for generations to come.

Once recognised, native title holders have rights to enter and remain on Country, camp, hunt, fish, gather and use resources of the land and waters, engage in rituals and ceremonies, protect areas of cultural significance, and make decisions about using the land in accordance with traditional law.

Across both our representative regions, YMAC has proudly supported groups – each with their own distinct culture and identity – to achieve over 30 native title determinations to-date, and we will continue to support Traditional Owners on their native title journeys.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this article may contain images of deceased people.