Our Land, Our Life, Our Stories - Welcome to our blog, a place to share stories from across the Top End of the Northern Territory. Check back in periodically to find new articles.

Talking history: ‘It’s important to know the stories’

Apr 30, 2022

Subject: Newspaper

Dhämbiŋ Burarrwaŋa has been a part of the Learning on Country (LoC) Program since 2016 and has been integral to the success of the program in Galiwin’ku. This year is her last as a LoC Galiwin’ku Cultural Advisor because she will be moving back to Maṯa-Maṯa soon, to be closer to her family and support the Homelands Learning Centre.

Do you have a will? Innovative legal centre offers help

Apr 29, 2022

Subject: Newspaper

Not-for-profit community legal centre Arts Law runs a program called Artists in the Black. Since 2004, they’ve prepared over 1,600 wills for First Nations artists. Arts Law paralegal Jack Howard explains the importance of wills for Aboriginal artists.

Meet NLC’s new Kakadu Joint Management Officer Natasha Nadji

Apr 28, 2022

Subject: Newspaper

Ms Nadji is the NLC’s new Kakadu Joint Management Officer. She sat down with Land Rights News to share stories with us about her family, growing up on country and her hopes for the future of Kakadu National Park.

Water reforms needed: NLC calls on NT government to bring water management system into 21st century

Apr 26, 2022

Subject: Newspaper

The NLC has called on the NT government to bring its water management system into the 21st century and in line with its commitments to Aboriginal Territorians.

Sign Up to Stand Up! Enrol to vote and then vote

Apr 14, 2022

Subject: Newspaper

The NLC has made a series of short videos that encourage our mob to enrol to vote in the upcoming federal election. Check them out on the NLC's Facebook page and on NLC TV on YouTube.

Yothu Yindi’s deadly story chronicled in new book

Dec 20, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

Writing in the Sand, by Yothu Yindi’s authorised biographer Matt Garrick, is the epic story of one of Australia’s most original bands.

‘Helping the sawfish survive’: How an NLC ranger group is saving one of the most threatened shark species

Dec 19, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

THE critically endangered sawfish of the Daly River are being given another chance to survive, thanks to a rescue mission undertaken by the NLC’s Malak Malak ranger group in partnership with Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

‘I gotta work’: Hearing loss hasn’t held back thriving Wagiman Ranger

Dec 15, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

Hearing loss hasn’t stopped Arthur Muggleton from being one of the NLC’s most dedicated rangers. The 49-year-old has been working on Wagiman country for over a decade and has no plans to stop anytime soon.

Meet ‘Nindi’, the Bulgul Rangers’ new boat

Dec 14, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

THE Bulgul Rangers launched their Healthy Country Plan and their new boat on October 27.

‘Almost 30 years in the making’: Native title holders celebrate recognition of rights in country

Dec 13, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

MORE than 20 people gathered at Kneebone Community, about 60km northeast of Kununurra, on 1 October to celebrate a Native Title determination in the Legune region.

The NLC and police working together

Dec 12, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

Staff members of the Northern Land Council have been briefing new police recruit squads on the key compliance issues faced by land councils, Traditional Owners and communities across the Top End.

‘It’s a first for the Top End’: Cultural water needs project kicks off

Dec 11, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

IN a first for the region, the Northern Land Council is working with Traditional Owners, Wardaman Rangers and the Northern Territory Government to work out how much water is needed to protect cultural values in one of our significant rivers.

Support our call to stop racist voter ID laws

Nov 24, 2021

Subject: Voter ID Bill

As representatives of national Aboriginal and Torres Islander communities, members and organisations, we urge you to reject the proposed Electoral Legislation Amendment (Voter Integrity) Bill 2021 in its entirety.

Voters in remote Aboriginal communities lodge discrimination complaint against Australian Electoral Commission

Oct 5, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

Compulsory voting in Australia has always had a racial taint. Most people would associate the term “voter suppression” with the many and varied electoral systems and “Jim Crow” laws in the United States or the operation of electoral systems by autocratic regimes, but not with the operation of Australian electoral regimes.

Bradshaw Traditional Owners welcome troops

Sep 24, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

Among the bulldust Bradshaw Field Training Area, ADF and US Marines complete Exercise Koolendong.

Mibala Histri - Barunga’s history returns home

Sep 20, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

Tears, joys, hugs and laughter are shared after Barunga's community collection of photographs from the 1970s and 1980s were released at this year's festival in June.

Native Title holders of Gulf Region pastoral leases celebrate at last

Sep 20, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

On 29 June, Justice White of the Federal Court of Australia made determinations of native title, by consent, for land and waters subject to the Lorella pastoral lease and former Nathan River and Billengarrah pastoral leases.

Wuyagiba study hub offers pathways to university

Sep 20, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

A two-way learning program founded through a collaboration between South East Arnhem Land communities and MAcquarie University is proving to be a stepping stone to a tertiary education.

‘A great day’: Jabiru now in Mirarr hands

Sep 16, 2021

Subject: Newspaper

For four decades the Mirarr people have been calling for the town of Jabiru, inside Kakadu National Park, to be returned to its rightful custodians.

Strong women’s group calls for more female rangers at huge forum near Katherine

Jun 23, 2021

Subject: Caring for Country

Over 280 women gathered at Banatjarl, south-east of Katherine, to attend the NT Strong Women for Health Country Network forum in May.

Flying the Aboriginal flag for the first time!

Jun 17, 2021

Subject: Land Rights

From 12 July, the exhibition 'Black, Red & Yellow: Unity and Identity' commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first raising of the Aboriginal flag will open at Library & Archives NT.