16 July 2018

The Path of Resistance: First Nations solidarity and the Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owners’ fight for their future

This public event was hosted by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council and the UQ Human Rights Consortium.

This important evening event was held at the State Library was hosted by Tony McAvoy SC, a Wangan & Jagalingou Traditional Owner and Australia's first Indigenous Senior Counsel, and featured:

  • Adrian Burragubba, senior Wangan and Jagalingou leader and Traditional Owners Council spokesperson
  • Murrawah Johnson, Wangan and Jagalingou youth leader and Council spokesperson with special guests
  • Dr Anne Poelina, Nyikina Traditional Custodian of the Mardoowarra, West Kimberley and Director of Madjulla Inc.
  • Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader during the protest to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline 
  • Lisa Wade, Council Member, Nay'dini'aa Na’ Kayax (Chickaloon Village Traditional Council)
  • Walter Echo-Hawk, Pawnee Native American attorney, tribal judge, author, activist, and law professor

More than 170 people gathered to hear from these extraordinary leaders who are on the frontline of Indigenous Peoples’ resistance to mining and resource projects that could destroy ancestral lands and damage the global climate.

Guests spoke of their own movements defending their human rights, their lands and waters, and the solidarity they share with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners who are trying to halt Adani’s Carmichael Coal mega-mine on their country, alongside other mines of mass destruction that could be built in the Galilee Basin of Central Queensland. 

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders affirmed the rights of First Nations people to assert their claim to their ancestral lands in tangible and meaningful ways, including the right to say ‘no’ to major and dangerous extractive projects on their traditional lands.

A piece in the Guardian reported on Tony McAvoy SC’s talk presented at this event.


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