Statement from the 2016 joint CLC and NLC meeting at Kalkaringi

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, and the 50th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk Off. The Territory’s largest land councils celebrated these significant milestones with a historic joint meeting near Kalkaringi on 17 and 18 August. The meeting of the Central Land Council and the Northern Land Council honoured Vincent Lingiari and the families who walked off Wave Hill Station and kicked off the national campaign for Aboriginal land rights in 1966. The land councils meeting set the scene for the Freedom Day celebrations of 19 August at Daguragu and Kalkaringi. Council members considered issues of importance to Aboriginal people across the NT, developed shared positions and questioned Federal and Territory politicians ahead of the Country Liberal Party’s landslide election loss on 27 August. They also held discussions with the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the NT.