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Australians will all benefit from the Voice

Australia has a choice. In six weeks, we will vote on whether the government should hear from us – from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People – when making decisions about things that affect our communities. It’s pretty simple. In 1967, Australia voted to change the Constitution so that Aboriginal…

Our Culture lives in us

MEDIA STATEMENT “It’s a tragedy you can see sky where you should be peering through canopy. Old trees just thrown, and that’s the way they describe it - windthrown timber, just thrown to the ground as if it’s a leaf that’s fallen from a tree, like its nothing. It’s a…

A celebration of life

On 19 July 2022, family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of  Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta Senior Elder, Uncle Clive Atkinson. Uncle Graham Atkinson shared stories of Uncle Clive's life, adventures, and legacy as he farewelled his big brother. Clive was born in Echuca in November 1940…

DJAARA Right of Reply

"Loggers accused of Wombat forest ‘smash-up operation' " in The Saturday Paper 18 JUNE 2022   There has always been push-back when Traditional Owners exercise their rights to Country and Culture but, after so many generations of this experience, it should no longer be such a point of conflict. Our…

Our work healing the Wombat State Forest

MEDIA STATEMENT Our concerns As Dja Dja Wurrung people and as their representative and inclusive Traditional Owner Corporation (DJAARA), we are deeply concerned at the entrenched racism that we are experiencing and noticing in the reporting around the Wombat State Forest. It is clear that many in the community believe…

Caring for Country is self-determination enacted

MEDIA STATEMENT “We acknowledge our inherent rights granted to us by our Ancestors to care for Country. Our Recognition and Settlement Agreement supports Dja Dja Wurrung self-determination to further instil our land management and cultural practices across Country.” Trent Nelson, Chairperson DJAARA The cultural interests of Dja Dja Wurrung People…

We are Dja Dja Wurrung and we heal Country

MEDIA STATEMENT “In healing Country, we practice culture and we heal community. We are modern people. Living in a modern world. We practice our culture despite the many constraints imposed upon us and, at times, a sensible and efficient approach requires the use of modern equipment. Whilst audio recording and…

We are grieving for Country

MEDIA STATEMENT “While Country is broken, we too cannot heal. As Traditional Owners, we experience our environment to the core of our beings, in our very spirit. The health of Country affects the wellbeing of our communities. Making Country safe provides safety for all on Country.” - Rodney Carter, Dja…

Dja Dja Wurrung continue to care for Country

MEDIA STATEMENT DJAARA is increasingly being present on Country to heal our totemic species such as Gal Gal, Barramul and Yung. We bring our ideology of Caring for Country by Gardening the Environment. For us, Gardening the Environment is about placing people back into the landscape as our Ancestors were,…

Dja Dja Wurrung birthing tree

MEDIA STATEMENT Last night, a 700-year-old Dja Dja Wurrung birthing tree was set on fire. The tree situated off a remote road north of Talbot has been confirmed by Victoria Police as being “set alight by unknown persons about 6pm” on Thursday. Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, trading as…

Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board member position

The Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, now trading as DJAARA, is seeking applications from Members for a position on the Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board. The Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board is the board that is overseeing the implementation of the Joint Management Plan for the national parks and…