Freedom Day March

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Friday 26th
Art Centre (departure point)
Join us as we re-create the famous Walk-off. Together, we walk in solidarity with our flags. Beginning at the Art Centre and finishing at the river ceremony site. When 200 Gurindji, Mudburra and Warlpiri people took their belongings and walked away from appalling working conditions on Lord Vestey’s Wave Hill Station (Jinparrak) in 1966, a powerful movement was born. What started as a battle for better pay, soon became a demand for the return of our homelands. This action stoked the biggest challenge the Northern Territory cattle industry had faced. Despite the fear of beatings, prison or worse, our people held strong for many long, hard years. Ultimately, their bravery and determination brought attention to the suffering of thousands of others across northern and central Australia, forcing Aboriginal Land Rights onto the national political agenda. In 1975, victory was ours when Gurindji leader Vincent Lingiari accepted a pastoral lease over our traditional country from Prime Minister Gough Whitlam during a special ‘handback’ ceremony. Freedom Day had arrived. The impact of this moment for all Aboriginal people should never be underestimated.


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