Bardi and Jawi Niimidiman Aboriginal Corporation
The Bardi and Jawi people’s claim was first lodged in 1995 covering 1037 square kilometres of land, waters, sea and reef country. Their claims was resolved in 2005 when Federal Court Justice Robert French travelled to the community on the Dampier Peninsula to make a consent determination recognising:
- the exclusive native title rights over parts of the land claimed and
- non-exclusive native title rights over areas below the mean high water mark.
The rights over land include the right to live on the land; the right to access, move about and use the land; the right to hunt and gather; the right to engage in spiritual and cultural activities; the right to use resources including food and ochre and; the right to refuse, regulate and control the use of the land by others.
The rights over areas of water include the right to use and enjoy the reefs and associated water; the right to hunt and gather, including for dugong and turtle, and; the right to use the resources for food, trapping fish, religious, cultural and ceremonial purposes.