Stolenwealth Games Convergence Camp Site
Camp Site Established
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 campsite will be in place until the 26th of March.
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.
WE ARE ONE MOB, WITH ONE VOICE, HEADING IN ONE DIRECTION
Advisory for upcoming events
Tuesday 14th March, 12pm - Book
"Australia's Blackest Sporting Moments - Top 100" by Stephen Hagan
At the Sovereignty Camp, Kings Domain.
Wednesday 15th March 11am - "Walk For Justice"
Public Demonstration in Support of the Black GST
Carlton Street, Carlton Gardens (Northern End)
March will go via Exhibition Buildings, through the city and on to the camp at Kings Domain.
Media note: The Queen will be having a State Lunch in the Old Exhibition Buildings with John Howard PM and other dignataries.
All media please note:
Access to site is now limited to those with accreditation. Please download form from Media Centre page at www.stolenwealthgames.com and bring complete form to the site with a printed photo (2x3 cm) in order to cover any events on site. If you do not bring accreditation information it is likely you will be turned away. Thanks.
Black GST Supporter - Media Liaison