Gove Peninsula Native Title Claim: Project Aims, Objectives and Outcomes
Aim: To help the Gove Peninsula return to a state of Mägaya (translated as shalom/ peace, justice, order and good governance) by reasserting the rule of law (Yolŋu law) for that country through the use of the Native Title Tribunal as an appropriately sanctioned two-way forum.
- Fundraise finances from in and outside Arnhem Land to enable a properly fought native title claim.
- Consolidate a collated two-way account of Yolŋu law (the Maḏayin system of law).
- Make a Native Title application and prosecute a Native Title claim for the area of land known as the Gove Peninsula, NT, Australia, with a Native Title society based on the Maḏayin system of law. [This thereby must include the Lamamirr, Dhudi Djambarrpuyŋu and Dhurili groups without exclusion of other riŋgitj connections in the country nor Yapa, Märi Gutharra, Yothu Yindi governance arrangements.]
- Be inclusive of bäpurru (clan), riŋgitj and gurruṯu (kin) (e.g. märi gutharr, yothu yindi, yapa) with respect to yirralka and riŋgitj places on the Gove Peninsula.
- Empower Yolŋu authorities within the Native Title process, to lead the tribunal process, including by protecting Yolŋu Matha as the principle language of knowledge and information and ensuring cross-cultural needs are generally fulfilled.
- Consolidate the Native Title society ensuring free, prior and informed consent, and upholding the spirit of waŋgany ŋayiŋu (trans. consensus making).
- Create a working team with an emphasis on Maḏayin system of law expertise (as opposed to the usual emphasis on Australian legal expertise in such actions), including by recognising Yolŋu society accredited skill bases as well as Australian culturally accredited skills, and which will also be reflected in the expertise of personnel employed to facilitate the Native Title process.
- Make digital records of manikay (songlines), giritjirri (dance) and minytji (painting) – generally known as djalkiri rom- relating to the Gove Peninsula country.
- Publicise the history, struggles and efforts of the native title society to be recognised.
- Regain the public identity of Native Title society bäpurru and riŋgitj e.g. Dhudi Djambarrpuyŋu and Lamamirri who are currently being treated as ‘deceased’.
- Using all means possible, during the Native Title process, provide the native title society relief from intimidation and dispute (with the expectation that all such situations will be improved enormously and directly just by beginning a lawfully sanctioned process, rather then the prior situation which is chaotic and bullying, facilitated by corporate and government powers).
- An Australian cultural ‘official record and recognition of the Maḏayin system law.
- A Yolŋu cultural record of the Maḏayin system of law with regard to land ownership and governance.
- A two-ways determination of the land ownership groups and the traditional aboriginal consent and agreement process for the Gove Peninsula.
- Compensation for past economic loss relating to the take over of land by colonial entities enabling,
- A financial base for economic recovery.
- Identification of parameters for land ownership and agreement/ contractual consent for Yolŋu country and people, and likely for all North Arnhem Land.
- The empowerment of current Indigenous land rights under the NT Land Rights Act (1976).
- Creating a significant block to colonial take-over and white cultural assimilation occurring in Arnhem Land post the NT Intervention. (Note. colonisation has been later arriving in Arnhem Land compared with the southern experience and/ or largely repelled until the force of the 2007 NT Intervention).