No. 17

Yaegl Com­mu­nity

The Daily Examiner - - CLARENCE VALLEY'S POWER 30 -

THE Lower Clarence’s Yaegl peo­ple made his­tory when they won a claim that had na­tive ti­tle rights granted over the ocean for the first time in this state.

A 20-year batt­tle, which had lands rights granted fol­lowed by the his­tor­i­cal rights over the sea, was a huge achieve­ment by the Yaegl peo­ple, paving the way for fu­ture in­dige­nous groups to be suc­cess­ful in achiev­ing un­re­stricted ac­cess to an­ces­tral lands be­yond the wa­ter’s edge.

While the ti­tle doesn’t af­fect mod­ern com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors it does give the Yaegl peo­ple free­dom and in­de­pen­dence when it comes to their own per­sonal har­vest­ing, some­thing in­dige­nous peo­ple have done re­spect­fully for the past 60,000 years.

While the Yaegl peo­ple are steeped in an­cient cul­ture, their de­ci­sion-mak­ing and vi­sion ex­em­pli­fies a mod­ern, pro­gres­sive in­dige­nous group.

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