In a highly anticipated on-Country Federal Court hearing on 7 February 2020 the people who form the Yamatji Nation Claim celebrated their native title determination, and the signing of a landmark Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the State Government of Western Australia.
This is the first time in Australian native title history that such an agreement – that includes both native title recognition and an economic package composed of cash and assets of this calibre – has been achieved.
The ILUA is the outcome of successful negotiations between the State Government and Traditional Owners in the Mid-West that commenced in 2017 and is known as the Yamatji Nation Southern Regional Agreement (YNSRA). The YNSRA includes the overarching Yamatji Nation Claim, and includes the underlying claims of Southern Yamatji, Hutt River, Mullewa Wadjari and Widi Mob. Descendants of additional ancestors of those who were not included in the original underlying claims are also included in the claim (which is known as, the Yamatji Nation Claim).
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