Our work in Ramingining built on our presence there in a number of projects over recent years including the Building up Good Supervisors Skills project http://www.bugss.net, and the Building up Skills for Teaching and Learning project http://www.cdu.edu.au/centres/groundup/bustl.html
Anthea had also been a teacher and researcher in the town for many years, so we already had strong relationships with many of the people we would be working with.
We were especially fortunate to have the support of Matthew Dhulumburrk, a Gupapuyŋu elder who is also the chairperson for the Yolŋu Nations Assembly. Matthew worked closely with us, advising and engaging in the both ways teaching and learning which is such an integral part of this project.
As in the other four towns, Stage 1 involved meeting with many of the senior people in the town and Homelands and also Balanda representing key organisations, in order to get a picture of where and how ‘governance’, in the broadest sense, was being played out in Ramingining.
This project was working alongside two other projects. In late 2013 we had conducted a Feasibility Study for a new Aboriginal Corporation in Ramingining. We had also received Federal funding under a project called ‘Walking Together, Working Together’, to support the development of a new corporation.
The first Stage 2 event was a three-day Elder’s Forum, held in May 2014.
This event brought together many elders who cared about the future of Ramingining and the challenges it faces in the modern world. Then a small group of elders met two days later to take up the question, ‘Do we want a new Corporation?’ This lead to choosing a steering committee which is currently meeting – with IGLDP support – to build the constitution for a new corporation from the ground up. This means writing a vision statement that matches its vision for Ramingining in the future, and building it on a preamble which sets out the foundations for all Yolŋu institutions, in maḏayin and rom. Link to Steering Committee notes
The IGLDP team was also invited to work with the school council, newly elected and keen to build up its governance understandings and skills. The first workshop was held on 19-20 May. Link to School Council Workshop and Newsletter
Project Reports can be found on the Resources page