About Kariyarra.

The Kariyarra people live around the town of Port Hedland area in the north-west of Western Australia; from Port Hedland west to the Sherlock River and south to the Yule River. The Kariyarra country is bound by Ngarla country to the north, Nyamal to the east and Ngarluma to the southwest.

 

Kariyarra is part of the Pama-Nyungan language family; a large group of languages spread over much of the Australian continent. It belongs to the Ngayarta subgroup of languages along with Nyamal, Palyku, Banjima, Kurrama, Yindjibarndi, Ngarluma, Ngarla, Martuthunira, Nhuwala, Jurruru and possibly Yaburarra. The Kariyarra language is closely related to Ngarluma, with which it shares a substantial amount of vocabulary as well as grammatical and phonological features.

 

On 13 December 2018, the Federal Court in Gordon (on behalf of the Kariyarra Native Title Claim Group) v State of Western Australia (No 2) [2018] FCA 1990 made a determination that the Kariyarra People hold exclusive and non-exclusive native title rights and interests over approximately 17,354 square kilometres of land and sea in the Pilbara region, including the town of Port Hedland.

 

The determination of native title was made in the terms of a minute of consent which was negotiated and agreed by the parties to the proceedings. This landmark for the Kariyarra People was achieved 22 years after the first Kariyarra native title determination application was made in 1996.

1953

Earliest recordings of Kariyarra people.

1999

Native title filed for Kariyarra.

Only two fluent Kariyarra speakers in the Pilbara

2011

Kariyarra People sign Native Title Agreement.

2017

About Kariyarra

The Kariyarra people live around the town of Port Hedland area in the north-west of Western Australia; from Port Hedland west to the Sherlock River and south to the Yule River. The Kariyarra country is bound by Ngarla country to the north, Nyamal to the east and Ngarluma to the southwest.

 

Kariyarra is part of the Pama-Nyungan language family; a large group of languages spread over much of the Australian continent. It belongs to the Ngayarta subgroup of languages along with Nyamal, Palyku, Banjima, Kurrama, Yindjibarndi, Ngarluma, Ngarla, Martuthunira, Nhuwala, Jurruru and possibly Yaburarra. The Kariyarra language is closely related to Ngarluma, with which it shares a substantial amount of vocabulary as well as grammatical and phonological features.

 

The Kariyarra native title claim (WAD 6169 of 1998) was lodged with the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT) in 1998 over the traditional lands of the Kariyarra people in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In 2009, the Kariyarra People lodged the Kariyarra (Pippingarra) native title claim (WAD 232 of 2009), and in 2014 Kariyarra lodged the Kariyarra (Abydos) native title claim (WAD 47 of 2014). Collectively the claims are known as the Kariyarra Claims. The claims were determined on Thursday 13 December 2018. The Determination Area covers approximately 17,354 square kilometres of Kariyarra traditional country and encompasses: the town of Port Hedland, the Aboriginal community of Yandeyarra, several pastoral leases, and mining operations.

 

The determination of native title was made in the terms of a minute of consent which was negotiated and agreed by the parties to the proceedings. This landmark for the Kariyarra People was achieved 22 years after the first Kariyarra native title determination application was made in 1996.

 

The Determination Area is home to places of special significance to the Kariyarra people, including ceremonial sites, songlines, permanent pools and natural resources. While all Country is important to the Kariyarra people, areas of particular cultural and environmental significance within the Determination Area include the Yandeyarra Reserves, the Abydos homestead and Two Mile (Wilson Street) Reserve (containing many ancient rock engravings), Mumbillina Bluff, Friendly Creek, Wamaranya, Marrapikurinya, Mt Dove, Kangan, Boodarie Station, Portree Pool, Mt Frisco and Munda Station.

 

The Kariyarra determination area has many rivers, the largest being the Yule (Kakurrka Muri) and Turner (Kapankalanha) Rivers, which are major topographic features of the Determination Area and importantly, are home to the mythological water serpent – the Warlu.

Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation (ICN 8355) is the Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) which holds native title in trust for the Kariyarra native title holders.

1999

Native Title application filed on behalf of the Kariyarra People

2016

Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation established

2017

Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation signs state Indigenous Land Use Agreement withe the State of Western Australia

2018

Native Title Determination

 

What we do

Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation (KAC) provides native title and related services to its members and to Kariyarra native title holders.

KAC was established in 2016 and, with the Kariyarra Native Title Determination in 2018, it became the Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) to manage the native title rights and interest on behalf of the Kariyarra People.

 

KAC has an 8-member Board of Directors that meets regularly.

 

PBCs are registered with the Office of Registrar of Indigenous Corporations and which have prescribed functions under the Native Title Act 1993 to:

 

  • Hold, protect and manage determined native title in accordance with the objectives of the native title holding group; and

  • Ensure certainty for governments and other parties interested in accessing or regulating native title land and waters by providing a legal entity to manage and conduct the affairs of the native title holders

 

In addition to performing its native title statutory functions, KAC seeks to:

 

  • Undertake economic and development projects that support and facilitate Indigenous owned businesses; and

  • Manage Kariyarra land and sea resources to protect the region’s biodiversity.

 

KAC is committed to a vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy which enables the Kariyarra People to become active and prosperous participants.”

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KAC acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present.

Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation

RNTBC ICN 8355

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