- 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.
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2013 has drawn to a close for KJ and what a year it has been. This edition of the newsletter provides updates of the ranger and mankarr teams, the camel project and the community access library.
We wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and safe festive season and look forward to updating you in the new year.
Fifty-one Martu were involved in a Kalyuku Ninti trip to Yimiri in August, traveling over 1000km to a number of significant waterholes. The ranger and mankarr teams have been involved in a number of day trips and the warru (rock wallaby) translocation project.
The past two months have seen both the ranger teams and mankarr teams out burning. Twenty-nine Martu participated in a trip to Windy Corner as part of the Kalyuku Ninti program and the Community Access Library has been rolled out.