Newara Aboriginal Corporation land buyout: Anaiwan residents launch crowdfunding campaign to buy back traditional lands | The daily leader of the North

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NO PADLOCK and no password. This is what the Anaiwan demand, unrestricted access to the land to practice culture, share stories, dance traditional dances and speak their language as their ancestors have done since time immemorial. What started as a group of dedicated locals who wanted to stir their dormant tongues grew into the Newara Aboriginal Corporation, led in part by proud Anaiwan man David Widders. “It’s been frustrating getting access to our country, if I want to take a men’s camp with sons and nephews on the country I have to check boxes with the University of New England, park services NSW National and Wildlife and private landowners,” he mentioned. “For me, as a father and an Anaiwan man, I should have the right to teach my children about our culture, as we have done for thousands of years, without red tape or bureaucracy.” Also read: The group has launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy around 40 hectares of bushland. The goal is to be able to take Aboriginal kwanga [children] in out-of-home care at cultural camps, to organize gatherings for men’s and women’s businesses, and to learn how to grow and harvest indigenous medicines. Anaiwan Country covers nearly half of the New England Plateau, but today Anaiwan people own less than 0.1% of the traditional land. Mr. Widders said it was about doing the right thing. “We are going back to the story of a country that was taken by force, unjustly,” he said. “Indigenous people can contribute something really positive and be forward looking and forward looking, having access to our own country would be a dream.” ‘ has never been part of our vocabulary. “Our responsibilities are to care for it, to respect it, to maintain the native flora and fauna and to regenerate it.” The property will cost between $350,000 and $450,000, and the group has already raised $20,000. They hope the campaign will secure a place where the people of Anaiwan can experience and celebrate their culture for generations to come. To donate, visit chuffed.org/project/anaiwanlandbuyback. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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