Yindjibarndi hopefuls aim to heal rift
The Yindjibarndi people will have another shot at healing old wounds as they prepare to elect new leaders, and all have expressed a desire to bridge the deep divisions in the community.
A meeting will be held this Tuesday to elect new directors to the Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation, which is in the hands of receivers after the Supreme Court ruled the previous board had been elected invalidly.
The Pilbara News spoke to Yindjibarndi people from both sides of the rift who have shown interest in winning a director role with YAC.
Wirlu Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation member Ellery Sandy said the split had been a tragedy for her people.
“Yindjibarndi tribe is a proud tribe, we had everything,” she said.
“We need to listen to each other, to encourage each other, to strengthen each other.
“I think it will take time to build that relationship, but we’re all human, we’re all equal, and we all have knowledge.”
Elder Tootsie Daniels said a strong knowledge of native title and the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi determination was needed by all directors.
“Being in YAC has given me a strong commitment to help our families and community people,” she said.
“We’ve got to have a strong voice to bring people together so there’s no more fighting.”
Another WMYAC member considering a role is Jill Tucker, who said she was tired of the infighting.
“I want to see some things done for all Yindjibarndi people, that everyone has a fair go,” she
“I like to see all different faces in the board of directors and a new way forward in the corporation.”
YAC member Stanley Warrie said ending the cycle of welfare dependency was important for future generations.
“It’s been a long journey to try to set things right with our people,” he said.