Tiwi Land Council

 

Corporate Statements

Our Purpose

A STATEMENT OF OUR PAST

'The aboriginals of Bathurst and Melville Islands remained a unified entity repelling any unwanted effects of alien contact, embracing others, and generally enjoying authority over their own lives and customs for a period of two centuries." (Krastins,V. "The Tiwi: A Culture Contact History of the Australian Aborigines on Bathurst and Melville Islands 1705-1942." BA Hons thesis, ANU: 1972)

A STATEMENT OF PRESENT PURPOSE

We believe that the Tiwi Land Council provides a continuation of those processes now affirmed in legislation; recognising our one language and common and distinct customs; our constant contact with each other and shared hunting grounds and ceremonies; our established practice of calling meetings and seeking the advice of our elders that have served our people for thousands of years, and is a recognised and respected authority for the management, protection and development of our interests. "

(Matthew Wonaeamirri, Eddie Brooks, Hycinth Tungutalum, Raphael Aputumi, Cyril Rioli - A Special Meeting of Clan Leaders at Pulurumpi, 1 June 1977.)

OUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE

"Our vision is of an independent and resilient Tiwi society built on the orderly and well managed utilization of our natural and human resources through reliance upon our own management, maintenance and protection of unique cultural and natural resource values for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations of Tiwi."

(Tiwi Land Council Meetings and Workshops developing the strategies and responsibilities leading to publication and ratification of the Tiwi Islands Regional Natural Resource Management Strategy, 29th. September 2003.)