The Dumbartung Aboriginal Corp protested against Rio Tinto regarding the destruction of the Juukan Cave that was archeologically researched to have been evident to show a human occupancy of 46,000 years.
Rio Tinto destroyed this site without the consent of the Elders on Sunday prior to reconciliation week which included the national day of sorry to the stolen generations of Australia's Dark and traumatic past policy.
Dumbartung lead a massive protest on the 9 June when Rio Tinto claimed responsibility and the accountability by their chief CEO Mr Chris Salisbury who stated that it was a breakdown of communication and simply said sorry.
A stipulation in the letter handed by Dumbartung to the CEO of Rio Tinto was for his resignation to be effective immediately.
Juukan Gorge won't be the last priceless record of human history to be legally destroyed by mining.
The destruction of ancient Indigenous sites like the Juukan caves, described as home to the "dawning of humanity", to allow a mine expansion is a devastating story — but it's not a new one for Western Australia.
There are many significant sites which have been destroyed, disturbed or damaged over the years, with the permission of successive state Aboriginal affairs ministers on the advice of an Aboriginal heritage advisory committee.
Organiser and Noongar man Robert Eggington told the crowd of about 300 peaceful protesters on Tuesday that Rio had exploited the weakness of WA’s Aboriginal heritage legislation.
“They used that against the people and then turned and blamed (it on) misunderstandings between the company and the custodians of that site,” Eggington said.
“It’s so important to understand how Rio Tinto came like a thief in the night and blew away a site ... that surpassed the last ice age.”
“Blasting the Juukan caves compares to destroying the Pyramids.” – Robert Eggington
It has been more than a month since mining giant Rio Tinto blasted 46000-year-old Aboriginal heritage sites, the Juukan Gorge Caves, in the Pilbara (WA).
Noongar man Robert Eggington, director of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, says blasting of the ancient caves compares to destroying the Pyramids.
The Juukan Caves are of great significance not only to the Traditional Custodians of that land but also to all Aboriginal people, all of Australia and the entire world.
Rio Tinto stripped of endorsement, protestors rally outside Perth headquarters
Reconciliation Australia has suspended Rio Tinto from its Reconciliation Action Plan program and revoked its endorsement of the mining giant after the company destroyed two historic cultural sites in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
In a written statement released late on Tuesday, Reconciliation Australia said it had met with the company to voice its “extreme concern” after the 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge were blasted late last month.
Is Australia Committing Crimes Against Humanity Against Aboriginal People?
On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the Director of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, Robert Eggington. He discusses the recent revelations on the level of involvement of Buckingham Palace on the dismissal of Australian PM Gough Whitlam and whether his ouster made any difference to Aboriginal Australians, extreme societal problems faced by Aboriginal Australians such as mass-incarceration, third-world levels of poverty and high suicide rates, how the development of the Australian state has coincided with the destruction of Aboriginal people and culture, the role of Australian mining companies in this destruction of Australian indigenous people and culture, the perceived unfairness of Australia’s judicial system and more!
Dumbartung prepares the letters to the Global Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Mr Jean-Sebastien Jacques and to the other international board members.
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