Calls for inquiry surface at meet
It may be far away from skyscrapers, boardrooms and manicured parks, but for the indigenous people of the Pilbara there is no more important place to advance their cause as traditional owners of the country.
Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation’s Yule River meeting has been the main event for the Pilbara’s indigenous people to discuss policy which affects them for the past three years, but the river itself has been a traditional meeting grounds for much longer.
It was decided long ago by elders past that this ephemeral river bed, surrounded by large paperbark and eucalyptus trees, would be the central meeting place for the people.
IBN spokesman Danny Brown said listening to the old people talk at Yule River as a child had inspired him to pursue a career in Aboriginal affairs.
“As a young fella, my family used to bring me here to Yule River to swim, fish, do all the cultural stuff and listen to the meetings that were held here,” he said.
“As a teenager coming here on an annual basis, I was listening to the movements of Aboriginal affairs here in the Pilbara.
“To come back to country, to come back to a meeting place our old people used to use is very significant for us.”
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, a regular fixture at the meeting since it was formalised, praised it as a unique forum for Aboriginal people across WA.
IBN spokesman Danny Brown found his inspiration as a child at Yule River.