HISTORIC DAY: 'Land gives us value'
"WE all come from the land, and that is where we will go back to when we die."
Harry Walker was giving a Welcome to Country at Tabulam as crowds formed for the determination on native title for the Western Bundjalung nation.
"The land gives us value, " he said. "Lets recognise the young people who are the future leaders".
The anticipation was almost tangible as hundreds of people gathered at Tabulam racecourse, eagerly awaiting the determination on native title for the Western Bundjalung nation.
More than 800 land identification areas, which encompass national parks and state forests, have been earmarked to be granted native title by Justice Jayne Jagot this afternoon.
Proud Western Bundjalung man, John Mundine said getting treated with a form of respect is the main thing.
"If you feel more confident about who you are then surely the next generation will feel more confident about who they areas aboriginal and Bundjalung people," Mr Mundine said.