Wik peoples

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The Wik peoples are an Indigenous Australian group of people from an extensive zone on western Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland, of several different language groups. They are from the coastal flood plains bounding the Gulf of Carpentaria lying between Pormpuraaw (Edward River) and Weipa, and inland the forested country drained by the Archer, Kendall and Holroyd rivers.

The group comprises the peoples of Wik-Ompom, Wik-Mungkana, Wik-Paacha, Wik-Thinta, Wik-Ngathara, Wik-Epa, Wik-Me'anha, Wik-Nganthara, Wik-Nganychara, and Wik-Liyanh.[1]

The Wik Peoples won a landmark court case, which resulted in the formal recognition of their native title rights.[2] The High Court of Australia later found that native title could coexist with a pastoral lease.

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  1. ^ Collings, Neva. "The Wik: A History of Their 400 Year Struggle". Indigenous Law Bulletin. Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Wik Peoples’ native title recognised". Media Release. National Native Title Tribunal. 14 October 2000. Retrieved 9 May 2010.