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Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) is a Martu organisation that is based in Newman.  Most of KJ’s programs and activities occur on the Martu determination to the east of Newman and in particular out of the Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji communities.KJ is working with Martu to build strong, sustainable communities in a manner that is Martu-focused and recognises and reinforces Martu values.KJ is focused on two complementary goals:

  • to preserve and celebrate Martu culture; and
  • to build the foundations of a viable economy in the Martu communities.

Both of these goals flow from a strongly-held philosophy, which values the centrality of culture in people’s lives.  Culture is seen as the wellspring of identity, of confidence and of strength.  This is as true for communities as it is for individuals.

KJ’s programs reflect these goals and philosophy.  Its programs include:

  • Puntura-ya ninti – this includes genealogy, oral histories, repatriation of stories and images from early contact years, community access libraries for Martu, maintaining and supporting language, cultural awareness training and mapping of water holes and other cultural sites;
  • Land management – this includes a ranger program, threatened fauna species program, water monitoring, feral animal control and fire management;
  • Communications and information management – this includes development and production of films and publications and storage of KJ’s information;
  • Strategy and governance – this includes development of long term strategies for the organisation and Martu, leadership and mentoring programs and support for the Martu directors in corporate governance; and
  • Corporate services – this includes infrastructure acquisition and management, human resources and financial management.