Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation

Category: Organisation
Date: 2 July 2002
Sub Category:Aboriginal Corporation
Place:Cape York Peninsula
State/Country:Queensland, Australia
Legal Reference: ICN (Indigenous Corporation Number): 4024
Subject Matter:Land Management
Summary Information:
The Kaanju people associated with clan estates on the Wenlock and Pascoe Rivers and living at Chuula established the Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation (CAC) in July 2002. CAC was established under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (Cth). CAC's primary stated principle is that: '[o]ne must live on their particular homeland in order to have a say in its management.' CAC's objectives include: '- To set up and operate homeland-based economic enterprises that incorporate sustainable land management principles. - To develop homeland-based projects, education and training that will build the self-esteem of our members and that of all the Kaanju people. - To promote improvements in the health, the economic, social and spiritual well being of our members as well as that of the wider Aboriginal community. - To encourage Kaanju people, as well as the wider Aboriginal community, to return to homelands and become more self-determined and self-reliant. - To have greater access and control over the funds and resources available to help meet the above objects.'
Detailed Information:
The CAC is managed by an annually elected governing and executive committee who meet regulartly. The executive and governing committee is fully indigenous and consists of 'leaders and decision-makers under Kaanju law and custom.' On its website CAC states that it is different to many Aboriginal Corporations in the Cape area because it was formed by people living on their homelands, and is only for people living on the Kaanju Ngaachi homelands. In 2002 CAC gained access to broadband internet and, due to the remoteness of Kaanju Ngaachi homelands, relies on internet 'for the majority of business transactions'. CAC has identified a number of priority programmes and areas in which they are seeking funding and support. These are: '- Access and Transport (Airstrip, Internal roads and drainage) - Housing and Essential Services (Renovations to existing sheds, Completion of disability access and facilities) - Environmental Health and Safety (Water quality, Rubbish disposal) - Multi-purpose Centre Project (Administration, Land Management Office) - Education (Use of Internet, Cultural 'Elder' tutors, Indigenous and western learning, - Exchange student programmes, Preschool, Primary and Secondary levels, Link up with 'Jabal' at ANU and other tertiary level institutions) - Health (Regular Royal Flying Doctor Service clinics, Training of Kaanju people as health workers, Indigenous pharmacopoeia (i.e. 'bush medicine' healing) - Employment and Training (CDEP, 'Top-up' wages from project funding, Employment outside of CDEP - project funding and income generated through enterprises) - Land and Resource Management - Economic Development'

Related Entries

  • Cooperation Agreement between Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation and The Wilderness Society - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (Cth)
  • People
  • Kaanju People

  • Glossary

    Aboriginal Corporation (Australia)