Possession Island

 On 23 August 2008, a historic gathering was held on Possession Island at the tip of Cape York.
Twelve Aboriginal, Torres Strait, and Pacific islander leaders, together with women and children, shared
in a prophetic act of worship, prayer, building an altar with twelve uncut stones, communion,
repentance and declaration

Pastor Rodney Minniecon of Brisbane told the story to Kris Schlyder of the Australian Indigenous Prayer Network. 

In the attached photo the large man in blue shirt and black cap slightly left of centre in the front row is

the mayor/chairman of the Torres Strait. Pastor Rodney Minniecon is in white shirt at extreme right of photo.

Many of the men are pastors.

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DECLARATION FOR RESTORATION OF FIRST NATIONS’ PEOPLES INHERITANCE  

23 AUGUST 2008

 

 Brief Background:  On the 22nd August 1770, in the Torres Straits on a little island known as Possession Island, Captain James Cook once more hoisted the English colours and in the name of His Majesty King George the Third took possession of the whole Eastern Coast from the above Latitude 38 degrees South down to this place by the name of New South Wales, together with all the Bays, Harbours, Rivers and Islands situated upon the said coast…..

 

The basis of this ‘possession’ is known as terra nullius, the land was seen as not belonging to anybody – despite the obvious presence of people along the shores and rivers.

 

Psalm 115: 16  The heaven, [even] the heavens, [are] the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

 

Acts 17:24-26  God hath made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is he worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made from one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the places before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

 

Ephesians 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

                                                           Declaration

 

On this day, Saturday 23rd August 2008, 238 years later, we, the original inhabitants of this land, have gathered here today by the authority invested in us as granted by God and before these our ancestors and our elders and before these witnesses to raise the Torres Strait and Aboriginal flag as a sign that from this day forth, we do rightly claim back our inheritance.

 

We, therefore make this solemn statement by the authority invested in us as granted by God and before these our ancestors and our elders and before these witnesses, and break the ‘Terra Nullius’ curse (lie) that was proclaimed from this place, 238 years ago by Captain James Cook.

 

We, therefore make this solemn statement by the authority invested in us as granted by God and before these our ancestors and our elders and before these witnesses, and break the spirit of poverty and every stranglehold that this curse has brought upon us, the original inhabitants.

 

We, therefore make this solemn statement by the authority invested in us as granted by God and before these our ancestors and our elders and before these witnesses, to forgive those who have trespassed against us, the original inhabitants.

 

We, therefore make this solemn statement by the authority invested in us as granted by God and before these our ancestors and our elders and before these witnesses, and speak restoration to traditional livelihood, spirituality, cultures, ceremonies, lore and languages of the original inhabitants.

 

We, therefore make this solemn statement by the authority invested in us as granted by God and before these our ancestors and our elders and before these witnesses, and speak life and restoration of health, wealth and prosperity upon our Elders, our Leaders, our Families, our Homes, our Clans, our Tribes, us, the original inhabitants.

 

Finally, we acknowledge the great Creator Spirit (Father God) as the sovereign ruler of all mankind who gave us this land as an inheritance, and ask for His wisdom, His guidance and His blessing.

 

From this day the 23rd August 2008 we speak this proclamation over all the original inhabitants of this land. AMEN

 - report from Kris Schlyder of the Australian Indigenous Prayer Network