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Camp Site Established March 12, 2006

Posted by campsovereignty in Camp News, Press Statements.

The Stolenwealth Games Convergence in support of the Black GST established camp today in Kings Domain, Melbourne. Approximately 400 people gathered in ceremony as the Sacred Fire from the Tent Embassy in Canberra was placed on country.

The Sacred Fire has been established in Melbourne after a journey through Yorta Yorta lands including a ceremony in the Bharma Forest with members of the Wiradjeri, Wamba Wamba, Barapa Barapa, Gunnai/Kurnai and Yorta Yorta Nations to bring the fire across the Dhungala (Murray) River. A statement was signed by all represented Nations in support of ending genocide of peoples, lands and waters and demanding a treaty negotiation process to be entered into with the Crown.

Indigenous people and Supporters attended and supported the establishment of the fire and participated in a ceremony of respect for the fire. Thanks were offered to the Bunerong people, the owners of the land, for permission to camp there. Wood donated by the Yorta Yorta and Barapabarapa peoples was also added to the fire. Two Police Officers and the Park Ranger present participated in the fire ceremony, to the cheers of the crowd.

The Black GST thanks the Police, the Fire Service and the Park Rangers for their cooperation to ensure this is a peaceful event.

The Yorta Yorta Statement

On this day 11th March 2006 in the presence of members from the Wiradjeri, Wamba Wamba, Barapa Barapa, Gunnai/Kurnai and Yorta Yorta Nations, in the Barmah Forest on Yorta Yorta Country.

Acknowledged the lighting of the Sacred Fire on its journey from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy to the Stolenwealth Games site to be held on Wurenjeri and Boonerwung Nations.

We of the Yorta Yorta Nation demand the end of genocide of our peoples and our lands and waters.

We demand a treaty be signed between the British Sovereign of the Commonwealth with Indigenous Nations of Australia.




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