Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa opens
After more than a year of construction, the beautiful Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa Cultural Wellbeing Centre is complete. NBY officially took possession on 28th February and we have been moving into the new buildings. There will be an official opening of the Centre in June, but in the meantime we are settling in.
The Language and HIPPY teams have moved into their new ‘nest’; a welcoming and generous space that will be used to nurture the growth of the Yawuru community with language programs and early childhood development.
NBY’s Cultural team have also got a new space with purpose built features to manage important cultural items in the Mangara archive. The space provides museum grade facilities for the housing of unique artefacts and cultural objects of Yawuru’s history as well as providing a new space to develop projects and exhibitions. We are enjoying the space as the gardens grow and the artworks become embedded in their landscape setting.
Yawuru at the table for Youth Empowerment
The Kimberley Suicide Prevention Trial Working Group recently met in Broome and Bianca Graham, NBY Youth Engagement Officer is a West Kimberley delegate along with Jacob Corpus from KAMS. The group met to discuss the findings of WA Coroner’s Report into suicide deaths in the Kimberley.
The Working Group has high profile leadership with the Hon Ken Wyatt, Minister for Indigenous Health and the meeting was attended by the Hon Roger Cook, Deputy WA Premier and Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Patrick Dodson and Member for the Kimberley, the Hon Josie Farrer MLC for the Kimberley. The group is made up of 40 representatives from communities, organisations and government and it aims to improve outcomes on the ground for communities by establishing better coordination and delivery of mental health and other services led and designed by Indigenous people.
Bianca continues to spread her wings and share Yawuru principles of mabu liyan; she is attending the Orygen ‘By Young People for Young People’ event in Melbourne to deliver a keynote address on the challenges and rewards of youth advocacy and working in youth development is remote Australia.
HIPPY is growing up
The small NBY HIPPY team is growing up fast and has had a busy start to the year with new office, new staff and new families.
The new Age 4 tutors Jillian Walley and Ann Janette Phillips have started and Vanessa Gregory is continuing her 2nd year of tutoring with her age 5 families. Kamisa White has stepped up to a new role as Early Childhood trainee coordinator and will be working with Rebecca Ross HIPPY coordinator. The team welcomed Ron Holmes a consultant from HIPPY Australia to the office with Michelle Councillor the Derby HIPPY coordinator for two days of training.
The 2019 HIPPY program has 17 new age 4 families, and 9 aged 5 families continuing from 2018. We still have a few vacancies for families and if you want to join the HIPPY program, contact Rebecca Ross or Kamisa White: email@example.com
Work and training programs
Warrmijala Murrgurlayi (Rise Up to Work) is a sustainable employment program partnership between NBY and Shell Prelude. It’s an opportunity to improve the training conversion rate and scale the existing program, with the added benefit of being able to leverage the TTW Program to support job placement. to increase positive social impact through pre-employment and vocational training which results in Yawuru and other Indigenous Youth secure sustainable employment in the oil and gas industry, its supply chain, or the wider Broome economy.
With the program starting to gain momentum, we have purchased a 4WD, spoke to Sandy Dann about this new exciting joint venture, the Communication team have been busy with designing the branding and an interview with Molly Hunt from the ABC to discuss the different employment programs available through Yawuru. .
Stay tuned… Next month we commence with recruiting for our first lot of clients to partake in the Program
NBY and Community Housing Ltd has just hosted a Youth Housing community consultation at NBY to discuss issues facing young people looking for housing in Broome. The outcomes from the event will help us to plan for possible future youth accommodation opportunities and helps us to better understand the issues faced and what people are looking for.
There are still a number of 3 bedroom properties vacant in the Jirril Mingaran Housing Program. If you’d like to find out about Yawuru Housing, call the Housing team on 9192 9600.
Yawuru Housing Community Reference Group
The Yawuru Housing Reference Group is looking for new members. It’s a great chance to contribute to the development of future housing programs. We value the community’s feedback on strategies and plans and welcome suggestions to improve housing options and to help the development of programs and initiative that increase the wellbeing of the community.
Please contact the Housing unit on 9192 9600 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the terms of reference and an application form.
Out and about
Yawuru has been busy with community activities including the ANZAC Day service at Bedford Park. Jason Richardson and Bart Pigram led the Catafalque Party to their mount at the Cenotaph and a smoking ceremony, Welcome to Country and wreath laying with Senator Dodson added to the solemnity and significance of the day.
Yawuru Easter party
The annual Yawuru Easter party was held on site at Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa for the first time and great afternoon was had by many youngsters in the community. It was great to share our new space with the community and we look forward to many more events in the future.
WANGGAJARLI BURUGUN WE ARE COMING HOME: The Repatriation of ancestral remains
On 3rd April a delegation of Yawuru and Karajarri people travelled to Germany for the very important business of repatriating a number of ancestral remains. It was thought that the remains of eight people were held in museums and scientific collections in Leipzig and Dresden, however upon arrival, a total of 14 sets of remains were delivered to the delegation. An emotional and significant ceremony to return the remains was held in Berlin with other cultural groups from Cairns and representatives from the Australian Government. The repatriation is part of the ‘Return, Reconcile, Renew’ program through the Department of Culture and the Arts.
Our delegation returned to Perth on 18th April and a moving ceremony was held at the WA Museum with Noongar representatives who will take care of the ancestors at a secure site until they can be returned to Broome. There are other ancestral remains in different Institutions around the world and Yawuru will continue to work towards bringing them home.
Plans for an appropriate memorial resting site are underway and it will be a testament to the history and experiences of the colonial era which led to enslavement of people in the pearling and pastoral industries.
Keep an eye out for a full story of the journey which will be shown in coming days on the ABC TV1 program ‘7.30’.
Congratulations to Naomi Appleby and Dean Matthews who have both been accepted into the Deakin University Graduate Diploma in Natural and Cultural Resource Management. They are following on the heels of Lloyd Pigram who has already completed the course with flying colours