Yind­jibarndi hope­fuls aim to heal rift

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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