The 21st Century seems to be marked by extreme chaos, violence, atrocities and wars since 9/11. May be such catastrophes have always plagued our world – perhaps we are more aware of them today because of the speed by which we access and disseminate information.

 

 So it’s a joy to be able to share events and information, which celebrate good news. This is the case of the Gunggari nation’s struggle for recognition of their Native Title.

 

All Indigenous groups in Australia were invaded and colonised by Europeans. Although they fought valiantly for their country all were eventually conquered. Gunggari were no exception.  They fought invasion for some 20 years but succumbed to superior weapons, ever increasing numbers of colonisers, introduced diseases and loss of food sources in their country.  Over some 100 years they were controlled, directed and exploited by their colonial masters who considered them less than human.

 

What a success story then, that since 1996 Gunggari have fought legal obstacles and political manipulations to regain recognition of the native title rights. They have stood united, secure in their cultural knowledge and determined to establish recognition of their traditional rights to their country on the Maranoa. In 2012 the Native Title Tribunal accepted their claims to the southern areas of their country – since then their eastern boundaries have been recognized and currently they are waiting to assert their rights over their northern regions.  What resilience! Want to learn more about the Gunggari Struggle to retain and regain their land?

 

Click https://www.facebook.com/APlaceCalledHome1996 to view the video introduction to our new book “A Place Called Home – The Gunggari Struggle for Land: A Native Title Case Study.

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  The 21st Century seems to be marked by extreme chaos, violence, atrocities and wars since 9/11. May be such catastrophes have always plagued our world – perhaps we are more aware of them today because of the speed by which we access and disseminate information.    So it’s a joy to...