Ngan Aak-Kunch Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (ICN: 4097) has been established to manage the native title of us, the Wik and Wik Waya peoples, over our land and waters in western Cape York Peninsula. Through this body we, the families, clans and other groups who form the Wik, Wik Waya and Kugu peoples, have joined to protect our native title and ensure the recognition by others of our deep and continuing connections to and rights in our ancestral land and waters, culture and heritage, and our existence as the original possessors and occupiers of these land and waters.
We're appealing a National Native Title Tribunal ruling that effectively excludes us
from negotiating with multinational miner Glencore over mining of our bauxite deposit.
Click here to read our Media Statement.
On Monday 29th February, at our AGM, we were proud to announce our newly elected NAK Directors:
Roy Chevanthen, Barbara Bandicootcha, Llyle Kawangka, Ron Yunkaporta,
Jonathan Korkaktain, Sharon Ngallametta, Deborah Holroyd,
Dulcie Taisman and Doug Ahlers. A handful of alternate Directors were
appointed as well. Check out our Directors page to see the full list.
The above presentation is an adaptation of Richie Ah mat's full slide and speech presented on Wednesday 1 June 2016 in Darwin at the Native Title Conference.
There is a lot going on for the Wik People right now. We felt it was important to get our message out there. Watch and listen to this short animation clip we put together to better understand what's going on with mining on our land.
Just as our elders did before us, your NAK representatives have been fighting to ensure your Native Title Rights are recognised. Unfortunately, as our State Government was not hearing our voices, we've had to take this fight to the High Court... but it is important to our People that the discriminative Provisions (regarding the Aurukun bauxite mine project) in our State's Mineral Resources Act 1989 were removed.
You can visit the Senate Inquiry website to read additional submissions directly by our Chairman, two of our NAK Directors, and a Wik Woman.
Board of Directors (current as at Jan 2016) pictured above (L-R): Barbara Bandicootcha; Josie Blanco (NAK Coordinator); Sharon Ngallametta; Deborah Holroyd; Roy Chevathen; Jonathan Korkaktain (Chairman); and Phyllis Yunkaporta.
Unfortunately Directors Llyle Kawangka and Doug and Lavinia Ahlers weren't available at the time of this photos (Cairns, Sept 2015).
Our Wik homelands contain some of Australia's most pristine wetlands. Come up and visit us sometime :)
We're proud of our culture and heritage, and we'll always be happy to show you around.
If you want to come camping... don't forget to drop us an email to get your permit.
We're very proud of the work our NAK Board does each year to build a better future for our children.
If you have any new ideas though, feel free to drop us a line!