Walk away from Uranium Mining towards Aboriginal Sovereignty

From August 21 until October 30, a group of Australian aboriginals and anti-nuclear activists from around the world walked between key uranium mining and processing sites in Western Australia. The walk, organised by Footprints for Peace and the Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) called for a ban on uranium mining. WANFA is composed of Aboriginal Traditional Owners from the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Goldfields, the Great Victoria Desert, the Central Desert, the Gascoyne, Perth and the South West. 

The Walk Away from Uranium Mining Towards Aboriginal Sovereignty begun on the 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-Off in 1966 in which Vincent Lingiari led a walk off on Gurindji Land demanding wage rights and land rights for Aboriginal people.  Along the walk they carried the slogan; “Iranti Wanti,” meaning “Leave the poison in the Ground.” The end of the walk in Perth on Friday October 28th, coincided with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), where the message to walk away from this costly, toxic industry, which produces radioactive waste and weapons usable material in favour of renewable energy options was delivered to over a thousand protesters.