Last year we celebrated 40 years since the Kimberley Land Council was formed. We are still as strong as ever. Kimberley Aboriginal people still stand together as one mob, with one voice.
Since 1978 there have been challenges and triumphs. From the pivotal days of Noonkanbah to the present we have been walking the long road to justice.
It is this drive to improve the lives of the Kimberley mob and fight for what is rightfully ours that makes the KLC what it is today.
In 2019, the Kimberley is approximately 80 per cent native title determined. We know the last 20 per cent will be just as hard to win back as the first 80. We will remain strong and continue on this path, advocating for justice and recognition for our people.
The KLC held its AGM and 40th celebrations in September 2018.
KLC AGM and 40th celebration art work
The art work that featured throughout the KLC’s 40th anniversary celebration was chosen by the Tiya Tiya PBC, representing the Kurungal Traditional Owners. The art work is called Ngurra Tiyatiya and was painted by the late Mr Ned Cox. The painting is very special to the Kurungal Traditional Owners and represents the country where the 40th commemoration was held.
After painting the work, Mr Cox related this story: In the Ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime), tiyatiya (mudlark) and lungkura (blue-tongue lizard) were living together at a place called Ngurra Tiyatiya, [a hill to the east of Ngumpan community]. It started to rain and the country flooded all over. The mother lungkura collected her little ones and floated with them on her back. She rested on every hilltop, leaving some of her babies behind as she went. She floated from Ngurra Tiyatiya, a long way to the west through Noonkanbah. The babies were stranded on a hilltop when their mother drowned even further downstream at a place called Looma.
One of the first ever Kimberley cultural festivals was held at Ngumpan in the late 1980s and many other special events have been held at the site since. We thank the Ngumpan community, the Tiya Tiya PBC and the Wangkatjungka Community for their support in staging this very special event. We also thank Mrs Elsie Dickens for granting us with permission to use the image Ngurra Tiyatiya.