Walkatjurra Walkabout

Friday, 4 August 2017 (All day) to Saturday, 2 September 2017 (All day)
Wikuna to Leonora
Western Australia

Walkatjurra walkabout is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to the strength of the community who have fought to stop uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a chance to come together to continue share our commitment to a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of walking for country.

Walking for country is to reconnect people with land and culture. The Walkatjurra Walkabout is a pilgrimage across Wangkatja country in the spirit of our ancestors so together, we as present custodians, can protect our land and our culture for future generations.

My people have resisted destructive mining on our land and our sacred sites for generations. For over forty years we have fought to stop uranium mining at Yeelirrie, we stopped the removal of sacred stones from Weebo and for the last twenty years we have stopped destruction of 200 sites at Yakabindie. We are not opposed to responsible development, but cannot stand wanton destruction of our land, our culture, and our environment.

We invite all people, from all places, to come together to walk with us, to send a clear message that we want the environment here, and our sacred places left alone.

- Kado Muir, Traditional Owner, Yeelirrie

Join us for a one month walk from Wiluna to Leonora from August 4th – September 2nd. This walk is in partnership with the Local Community, Footprints for Peace, Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA), the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA) and the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA).

While this walk is a valuable personal experience, it is also a Non-violent Direct Action that plays an important role in the broader environmental and Aboriginal sovereignty movements. It is a partnership to share knowledge, culture and environmental awareness in a campaign supporting the sovereign rights of Aboriginal people to protect their lands and support a nuclear free future.

Registration
Each person that would like to participate in the walk is required to fill out a registration form and send this to the Walkatjurra Walkabout organizers. We need numbers to help us plan transport and food preparations so if you are interested in joining the walk, please register today.

Transport to and from the walk
A bus will be leaving Perth on 4 of August (Early in the morning!!) Travel on this bus will incur a fee of $100 one way / $200 return to help us cover the cost of the bus and fuel – contact Marcus if you are interested in taking this bus option, or if you will be taking your own vehicle on the walk (see website for contact).

We will be meeting in Kalgoorlie on the 4 of August if you want to join us there. We will be camping the night in Kalgoorlie at the Wongutha Birni Cultural Centre, and then driving up towards Wiluna on the morning of the 5th of August. Our first walking day will be on the 8 August.

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