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Traditional owners try tech to keep ancient language alive

Jul 8, 2020

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Malak Malak traditional owners have funded the development of a language app containing over 300 words and phrases. The Malak Malak Vocab Builder is now available on the Google Play and App store.

NT land councils want borders to remain closed

Jun 25, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus

The Central Land Council and Northern Land Council call on the NT Government to keep the NT borders with all other jurisdictions closed until community transmission of COVID-19 has been eliminated in Australia.

NLC update on permit conditions after 5 June 2020

Jun 4, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus

Restrictions on travel to and from remote communities in the Northern Territory will be lifted on 5 June.

Land Rights Act key to cultural integrity for the Mirarr traditional owners of Jabiru

May 13, 2020

Subject: Land Rights, Native Title

The NLC has welcomed the introduction of the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Amendment (Jabiru) Bill 2020 into the Federal Parliament.

NLC’s Aboriginal language short films about COVID-19

Apr 4, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus

“Stay on country, care for family” in Yolngu Matha, one of 18 language messages produced by the NLC.

NLC’s Chairman shares a message about Coronavirus

Mar 31, 2020

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

A message for all you mob in the NLC area from the Chairman, Samuel Bush-Blanasi. "Stay on country, look after your family and look after yourself."

New travel restrictions for communities in the NLC area

Mar 26, 2020

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The Commonwealth government announced that from midnight, 26 March, anyone wanting to enter ‘designated areas’ in the NT will need to self-isolate for 14 days before they can enter.

The NLC announces suspension of all permits to enter Aboriginal land for non-essential travel

Mar 14, 2020

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

At its meeting on 14 March 2020 the NLC Executive Council determined that all existing non-essential permits will be suspended and no new non-essential travel permits will be granted until further notice.

The NLC welcomes Aboriginal ranger funding extension

Mar 13, 2020

Subject: Caring for Country

The NLC welcomes the announcement that the NIAA Indigenous Ranger Program funding will be extended for seven years.

The NLC backs NTG’s call to cancel non-essential trips to remote Aboriginal communities

Mar 12, 2020

Subject: Permits, Coronavirus

The NLC's Executive Council has met with the Northern Territory Department of Health and the Danila Dilba Health Service’s CEO Ms Olga Havnen to examine strategies and information focused on protecting Aboriginal communities in the NLC’s region from the risk of coronavirus.

Legune Station Native Title holders reach first community development milestone

Dec 9, 2019

Subject: Community Planning & Development

Native Title holders have been working with the NLC's Community Planning and Development (CP&D) Program to complete an upgrade of their outstation at Marralum on Legune Station.

Indigenous Ranger Forum 2019

Dec 4, 2019

Subject: Caring for Country

Hundreds of rangers from across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland came together near Darwin in August to share their knowledge and hone their skills.

The NLC members back stability and renewal

Dec 4, 2019

Delegates to the 121st Full Council meeting of the NLC have voted to return Samuel Bush-Blanasi as Chairman of the NLC, with Calvin Deveraux being elected as Deputy Chair.

The NLC reinforces that any examination of Yuendumu shooting be independent and transparent

Nov 12, 2019

The Chairman and Members of the NLC extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Kumanjayi Walker at this difficult time.

Territory Q’s profile of NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour

Nov 8, 2019

Marion Scrymgour was the first Indigenous woman in Parliament and later became the first Indigenous leader of an Australian government in history when she was made Acting Chief Minister.

NLC to NT government: ‘Stop blaming Aboriginal people for your failures’

Oct 14, 2019

The Northern Land Council says Aboriginal Territorians have been betrayed by the shock announcement today that the government won’t proceed with proposed amendments to the Pastoral Land Act.

Burial & Cremation Bill fails Aboriginal people

Oct 13, 2019

The Northern Land Council is profoundly disappointed with the failure of the NT Legislative Assembly’s Social Policy Scrutiny Committee to address serious concerns raised by Aboriginal people about the Burial & Cremation Bill 2019.

Connecting school students to learn on country

Oct 11, 2019

Subject: Caring for Country

A three-day Learning on Country forum took place in Darwin in September, involving more than 80 school principals, teachers, rangers and ranger coordinators, Learning on Country coordinators and Indigenous cultural advisors.

Learning on Country: connecting school students to work on country

Sep 9, 2019

Subject: Caring for Country

More than 80 school principals, teachers, rangers and ranger coordinators, Learning on Country coordinators and Indigenous cultural advisors came together for a three-day Learning on Country forum in Darwin this month.

NLC calls on the NT Government to delay the introduction of the Burial & Cremation Bill

Sep 5, 2019

The NLC's East Arnhem Regional Council has urged the NT Government to delay the introduction of the contentious Burial & Cremation Bill (2018) into the Legislative Assembly at the next sitting.

Rangers honing their skills at 2019 Indigenous Ranger Forum

Sep 3, 2019

Hundreds of Indigenous rangers travelled thousands of kilometres from across the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland to learn, grow and share their knowledge last week.

NLC Regional Councils shout out on water security crisis in the bush

Aug 21, 2019

The 42nd joint meeting of the NLC's Borroloola Barkly and Ngukurr Regional Councils at Robinson River heard more details about an impending water security crisis in remote communities and homelands in the NLC’s area.

NLC objects to the McArthur River Mine approvals

Aug 20, 2019

The NLC objects to Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Paul Kirby’s approval of an amendment to the existing mine management plan (MMP) for the McArthur River Mine.

West Arnhem and Katherine Regional Councils express ‘anger and disappointment’ at health service provision out bush

Aug 19, 2019

At their meeting at Jabiru this week the Northern Land Council’s West Arnhem and Katherine Regional Councils passed a resolution expressing anger and disappointment at the poor state of health services for remote communities in the Katherine and West Arnhem regions.

Native Title over Pine Creek finally recognised

Apr 9, 2019

The Wagiman and Jawoyn Bolmo, Matjba and Wurrkbarbar groups were today recognised as the native title holders of the town of Pine Creek at a dedication ceremony held in the town, 20 years after it was lodged.

Pine Creek Native Title Determination Ceremony

Apr 8, 2019

The Federal Court of Australia will hold a special hearing in Pine Creek at 11am on Tuesday 9 April 2019 to recognise native title rights and interests over the town.

Meet NLC CEO Marion Scrymgour

Mar 19, 2019

​Tiwi woman Marion Scrymgour has today been announced as the new CEO of the Northern Land Council, the first woman to hold the CEO position at any Northern Territory land council.

NLC welcomes High Court judgment of native title compensation at Timber Creek

Mar 13, 2019

The NLC interim CEO, Jak Ah Kit, today welcomed the High Court’s judgment which awarded compensation of $2,530,350 to the Ngaliwurru and Nangali peoples – including $1.3 million for cultural loss – for the extinguishment of native title by NT Government grants of land since 1975.

Audit Committee exonerates NLC Executive Council over conflict of interest claims

Mar 8, 2019

The NLC interim CEO, Jak Ah Kit, today welcomed the NLC Audit Committee’s recognition that Executive Council members properly handled concerns about conflicts of interest.

Minister’s Extraordinary Full Council Meeting

Mar 4, 2019

The interim NLC CEO, Dr Jak Ah Kit, today slammed the Indigenous Affairs Minister, Senator Nigel Scullion, for dismissing the NLC’s decision to also meet on Thursday 7 March 2019 (the day prior to the Minister’s extraordinary Full Council meeting on 8 March 2019) to discuss an Audit Committee report and a written opinion by Raelene Webb QC as “political games”.

Minister’s extraordinary Full Council meeting

Feb 22, 2019

The interim NLC CEO, Dr Jak Ah Kit, today condemned the announcement by Senator Nigel Scullion, Indigenous Affairs Minister, that he will convene an extraordinary NLC Full Council meeting in two weeks on Friday 8 March 2019 to consider perceived conflict of interest “findings” said to be contained in an Audit Committee report.

NLC welcomes new Treaty Commissioner

Feb 18, 2019

The Northern Land Council welcomes the appointment of Professor Michael Dodson AM to the role of Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner.

NLC Governance Issues and NLC Chief Executive Officer arrangements

Feb 3, 2019

Statement from NLC Interim Acting CEO Rick Fletcher

NLC welcomes new Aboriginal Affairs minister

Jan 31, 2019

The NLC welcomes the announcement today of Ms Selena Uibo as the new Minister Aboriginal Affairs in the Northern Territory Government.

History made as native title rights finally recognised

Dec 22, 2018

Subject: Native Title

Two historic native title claims are now resolved, decades after they were first claimed.

NLC welcomes amendment to NLC Land Rights Act

Nov 26, 2018

The Northern Land Council welcomes the amendment to the Land Rights Act passed through the Senate this evening.

Jabiru Native Title claim

Nov 8, 2018

On Friday 9 November 2018, the Federal Court of Australia will hold a special on-country hearing to recognise the native title rights and interests of the Mirarr People over areas of the Jabiru Township.

Media Alert: Larrimah Native Title Recognition Ceremony

Oct 22, 2018

The Federal Court of Australia will hold a special hearing at the Supreme Court of the NT in Darwin on Wednesday 24 October 2018 to recognise native title rights and interests over the town of Larrimah.

Native title holder consortium awarded first major contract at Legune

Sep 20, 2018

In a historic win for Aboriginal business development, a construction consortium involving local native title holders has been awarded the first contract of work for the billion-dollar aquaculture grow-out facility at Legune Station.