Yirrkala Church and the Yirrkala Church Panels
Yolngu Nations Assembly Aboriginal Corporation members met in Yirrkala on the 25th of June 2016 to consider changes to the constitution. Those changes have now been accepted by ORIC.
The improved constitution clarifies the corporations objective to "provide a governance, advocacy, unity and solidarty organisation for Arnhem Land," and opens the way for YNA AC to ultimately interface with a Ŋärra' based representative forum.
The meeting was the first in Yirrkala, fulfilling a long time desire of the movement to ensure equitable access to the functions of the Assembly organisation.
See the constitution here.
Ramingining hosted the 4th assembly from 14th to the 15th of August 2015. Participants came from Gaṯtjirrk, Marthakal, Raminy and Gumurr Rawarraŋ regions, with strong Bäpurru representation from all regions except Miḏiyirrk.
Last assembly saw the approval of the proposed constitution for the incorporated arm, Yolngu Nations Assembly Aboriginal Corporation. This assembly designed and implemented this foundational symbol (image is in draft form). The symbol constitutes the relationships between the various bodies of the Assembly, Makarr Garma (the people), Makarr Dhuni (regional elders councils) and Yolngu Nations Assembly the ŋärra' overseeing forum.
Makarr Garma, representing the people, sits in the middle. The people are the centre of governance. The executive and administration of YNA resources and assists the people and decision making forums of Makarr Dhuni (one in each region) and Yolngu Nations Assembly. YNA offers protection and a 'front door' to outsiders, while being informed and constructed from Makarr Dhuni and Makarr Garma.
Uniting Church acknowledges Maḏayin Law and Gives Support for a Treaty for Arnhem Land, UCA National Assembly Proposal 65, passed by consensus 17/07/15
See Below. The Northern Regional Christian Congress, the aboriginal presbytery of the Northern Synod, passed this proposal late last month and now has carriage of the matter. Proposal 65 represents a confirmation of support for the NRCC position from the national council of the Uniting Church in Australia. The importance of the resolution is explained in the proposals rationale below.
This poster was designed by Dhulumburrk Gaykamaŋu, the YNA Co-Convener, expressing his experience of how the Australian system of law works in his community of Ramingining. The 'Rule Books' at the top centre of the page, next to the Australian and Northern Territory flags, denotes the constitutions of those two Australian jurisdictions. The Maḏayin system of law equivalent, the Dulmu Mulka Bathi (sacred dilly bag), is depicted hanging from shelter in the foreground of the picture, outside the circle of Australian system activity.