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Yankanjini Aboriginal Corporation

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Overview

The Yankanjini Aboriginal Corporation is a registered native title body corporate that represents and administers land on behalf of the Yankanjini People. The Yankanjini peoples land was recognised in the Nelson v Northern Territory Determination 2012. The native title holders are members of the Jipalpa-Winitjaru, Pikilyi, Yarripilangu-Karrinyarra, Watakinpirri and Winparrku landholding groups.

The native title rights and interests possessed by the native title holders include the right to access and travel over any part of the land and waters; the right to live on the land, and for that purpose, to camp, erect shelters and other structures; the right to hunt, gather and fish on the land and waters; the right to take and use the natural resources of the land and waters; the right to take and use the natural water on or in the land; the right to light fires for domestic purposes, but not for the clearance of vegetation. They also include the right to access and to maintain and protect sites and places on or in the land and waters that are important under traditional laws and customs; the right to conduct and participate in the following activities on the land and waters; cultural activities; ceremonies; meetings; cultural practices relating to birth and death including burial rites; teaching the physical and spiritual attributes of sites and places on the land and waters that are important under traditional laws and customs including the power to regulate the presence of others at any of these activities on the land and waters, other than persons exercising a right conferred by or arising under a law of the Northern Territory of Australia or the Commonwealth of Australia in relation to the use of the land and waters.

Other interests in the area include that of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, the rights of Aboriginal people pursuant to the reservation established under the Pastoral Land Act 1992 (NT) and by virtue of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act 1989 (NT), the rights of access by an employee, servant, agent or instrumentality of the Northern Territory or Commonwealth as required in the performance of statutory duties and the interests of persons to whom valid interests have been granted by the Crown pursuant to statute.

Managed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
AIATSIS acknowledges the funding support of the Native Title Branch of
the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C).