Monday, June 16, 2014

Displaced Voices - a film about land rights in WA

[This film by independent film makers in WA is about land rights and the proposed deal between the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council and the state government that would extinguish native title for nyoongar people in WA. Information below from the video makers.]

Throughout Aboriginal Australia, Native Title and the Land Rights movement has become an integral part in seeking justice and a platform which to create a path forward for our peoples.

An ancient people from ancient land, the Noongar people occupy the futile lands of the south west of Western Australia.

Since 1992 Noongar people have lodged claims, in the High Court, 22 years on South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council continues to go through a litigation process with Australian Government. In recent times, SWALSC actively working concurrently with State Government on out of court settlement, called, Alternative Settlement.

This project has uncovered some concerning information particularly in the flaws in the Alternative Settlement and Noongar outcry and backlash on this. We highlight relevant information from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous, Australian Constitution, Treaty, Indigenous Land Use Agreements, including the proposed Recognition Bill.

This is an independent voice, against the mechanism of both SWALSC and Australian Government in regards to Noongar voice, self- determination and governance.

This is a Cherishu film, the Collaboration between Cherishu and Nyoongar Enterprises and supported by Hotham River Nyoongar Aboriginal Corporation.