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Media Release: 2016 Garma Youth Forum to Educate, Inspire

18 Apr 16 - Hundreds of students from schools across Australia are set for the adventure of a lifetime at this year’s annual Garma event in northeast Arnhem Land. Read More...

Nominate your Yolngu Hero NOW

14 Apr 16 - Out of respect for the late Ms Gurruwiwi, and in consultation with the family we have now replaced some imagery within the Yolngu Heroes publicity forms. Read More...

Yothu Yindi Foundations Refreshed New Website

14 Apr 16 - Pledge Your Support Campaign calls upon previous Garma guests to share your experience of our flagship event. Read More...

Statement in memory of Mrs Mununggurr

24 Mar 16 - The Yothu Yindi Foundation today paid tribute to yet another senior Yolngu woman, Mrs Mununggurr, who passed away yesterday after battling illness. Read More...




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The Yothu Yindi Foundation was established in 1990 to promote Yolngu cultural development with community leaders and persons of authority from five regional clan groups: Gumatj, Rirratjingu, Djapu, Galpu and Wangurri.

The leadership and innovative program development of the Foundation are considered significantly positive forces supporting Indigenous cultural maintenance, not only in Northeast Arnhem Land, but throughout the country and internationally.

The mission of the Yothu Yindi Foundation is for Yolngu and other Indigenous Australians to have the same level of wellbeing and life opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians. The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable public benevolent institution, with an all- Yolngu Board of Directors. All revenues to the Foundation go to the infrastructure and delivery of its cultural, health, arts, education and economic programs.

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Fred Chaney, WA

Attended Garma with: I have attended Garma with colleagues through the Yothu Yindi Foundation, and as guest speaker.

Why I think Garma is important: We say so glibly that Australia is the home of the world's oldest living cultures yet so much we do is destructive of them. Garma is an extraordinary window into the reality vibrancy and continuity of those cultures, the great parallel universe of Aboriginal culture that is unique to us as Australians.

Why I pledge my support of the Yothu Yindi Foundation: Nothing just happens, people make things happen. The YYF is the vehicle for ensuring this meeting of our settlement culture with Aboriginal culture happens along with the two way learning we can each offer to the other.

My memories of Garma: Each time glorious windows into people absorbed by dance and music that I do not own but which I prize as part of my country. Often sharp but always helpful exchanges on our past successes and failures, but most important on how together we shape our shared futures.

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