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Park jobs bias claim - Would be beneficial for Wotjobaluk Traditional Owners to gain a sense of what has happened in relation to employment access between the Yorta Yorta and Bangerang since this article about concerns from Uncle Sandy Atkinson in relation to jobs advertised for Traditional Owners.
Geoff Adams in the Country News Paper, July 19, 2010.
Speaking out ... Bangerang Elder John Atkinson.
From the job description for the Barmah rangers positions, earlier this year. Some indigenous people have been deliberately shut out of management and employment in the newly created Barmah National Park. Bangerang elder, John (Sandy) Atkinson has complained that people who identify themselves as Bangerang and not Yorta Yorta are not eligible for employment under job descriptions for park rangers. Parks Victoria has confirmed they only recruited members of the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation to the six ranger positions. And only Yorta Yorta people will be eligible for indigenous seats on the park management board. Parks Victoria said last week, this stems from an agreement between the Yorta Yorta and the Victorian Government on management of northern Victorian public land made in 2004. "I never thought Id see the day when a government actually makes laws to discriminate against people," Mr Atkinson told Country News. "The government is giving one people the right to discriminate against another." He was highly critical of Parks Victoria and the government. Parks Victoria said Bangerang people are eligible for positions as the Yorta Yorta language is spoken by the Bangerang clan, along with the Kaitheban, Wollithiga, Moira, Ulupna, Kwat Kwat, Yalaba Yalaba and Nguraiilliam-wurrung clans. The department said the jobs were open to applicants who are eligible for membership of the Yorta Yorta Nations, "i.e. a descendant of the original ancestors of the Yorta Yorta Nations". Mr Atkinson rejected statements that Bangerang is a subclan of the Yorta Yorta and pointed to historical records of early pioneers to support his case. Mr Atkinson believes the government prefers the exclusive agreement with the Yorta Yorta so that it could better control indigenous people in northern Victoria. Mr Atkinson, who was born at Cummeragunja, said the Shepparton area has become a multi-ethnic and diverse place throughout the years. "Weve had a fantastic partnership with all sectors of the community. We were well respected. Thats all being undone by these policies." He said the government should be dealing with all indigenous people. "We can accept that Yorta Yorta has been put in charge of things, but there is no need to cut out other indigenous people," he said. Parks Victoria said successful applicants for the ranger positions were able to demonstrate they are descendants from the original ancestors of the Yorta Yorta Nation to the satisfaction of the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation. On the appointment of a management board for Barmah, Parks Victoria said it proposed Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation to nominate people to the Minister for Environment for appointment to a future board. Parks Victoria obtained an exemption from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to enable it to recruit only Yorta Yorta people to the ranger positions. State Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has already complained in the Victorian Parliament that the Bangerang were being side-lined in indigenous management of forests and urged the government to allow them to share in management bodies as they were among the traditional owners. email@example.com
Submitted 18 June 2011
Dear Wurega members,
I wish to draw attention to the recent Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council meeting of Traditional Owners at Halls Gap Centenary Hall, Gariwerd N.P. (16 & 17 June, 2011) which I attended with other Wurega members of the Skurrie and Harradine/Cameron family as arranged with the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council Secretariat.
I have to say I was very disappointed in the query at an open forum, by BGLC office workers as to the following:
Mr Peter Jeffs (Wurega member) status as a "Stolen Generations" person. To query Mr Peter Jeffs (who was invited to the forum as a Traditional Owner) as to his removal from family, and tell him that he has no knowledge of his family history is extremely upsetting to not only Peter but his family. I feel that this matter should be followed up by a formal complaint to the Barengi Gadjin Land Council, and also, to their funding body and agencies that support the organisation.
It is clear that there is no understanding of the sensitivities with such an issue that has offended a Harradine/Cameron family member. It is stated in any documentation as to the definition of a Stolen Generations person.
The Victorian Stolen Generations Taskforce Report - 2003, on page 10 states,
"the 'Stolen Generations' could encompass any number of scenarios related to the removal of children from family and culture, such as forcible removal, relinquishment at birth, under duress or otherwise, removal by deception, being fostered or adopted".
Mr Jeffs is receiving support as a Stolen generations person and has clearly met the criteria of being a Stolen Generations person and should not be questioned by employees of any Aboriginal organisation. Such employees are certainly not an authority on the Harradine/Cameron family and are not able to represent my mother, Aunty Leila Harradine who is the only living child of Emma Harradine who should be consulted on all matters pertaining to great great grandmother, Blanche Cameron and any of the Harradine/Cameron matters. Our Elders are clearly not an employee or Director on the BGLC and it is not appropriate for any dealings in the Grampians to be handled by people who do not have the right to speak on behalf of the Harradine/Cameron family. It was a shock to realise that there had been a "shared agreement" arranged in consultation with the VAHC as to the BGLC and Martang Inc that a BGLC Director indicated had been worked out by him and another BGLC director six months ago with the support of Elders. However, no Elders I recognise have known of this matter. There was no adequate answer by the BGLC mob as to who they consulted as Elders.
Additionally there was questioning by BGLC members as to the Harradine family on the Board and the status of this representation. It had to be clearly stated to the BGLC group that the Harradine family (along with the Skurrie, Rigney/Kennedy and other associate members from other families) are unable to take part in the BGLC due to the continuing lateral violence issues we feel is being experienced including what I and other Traditional Owners have observed as questioning and bullying people about their employment on country if not through the BGLC, questioning their connections and putting individual families down, verbal abuse due to political associations and racial vilification and stalking, all very serious concerns.
This questioning and inappropriate behaviour has certainly made a shocking impression in an open forum presented by the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and continues to show that there is no adequate representation in the Wimmera for Traditional Owners to the standard required by our families.
Traditional Owner (Wotjobaluk, Jadawadjali, Djubagalk)
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