Our Role

Our Role

Ngan Aak-Kunch Aboriginal Corporation has been established to manage the native title of us, the Wik and Wik Way 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 and Wik Way 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.

At the same time we, the Wik and Wik Way peoples, affirm our own diversity and specific connections under our traditional laws and customs to the land and waters over which our native title has been and will in the future be recognised. Thus, while ngan aak-kunch€ means we owners of the country€ in Wik Mungkan, the traditional language now widely spoken by many Wik and Wik Way people, we have many languages and dialects, each with its own way of stating ownership of our land and waters under law and custom.

Preamble: Rule Book of the Ngan aak-Kunch Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

When the Federal Court grants Native Title interests to a group, they have twelve months to establish an incorporated organisation called a prescribed body corporate (PBC) to manage their native title rights and interests.

Ngan Aak-Kunch Aboriginal Corporation is the Registered Native Title Body Corporate for the Wik and Wik Way people, as per the five determinations of Native Title made in 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2012.