Why Warriors’ primary goals are to:
• Build the capacity of the Yolŋu people of Arnhem Land to move away from welfare dependency and marginalisation by partnering with them to develop their own solutions to the economic, health and governance problems they face
• Improve the quality and effectiveness of mainstream engagement with remote Aboriginal communities, through training in community development and cross-cultural dynamics
What we do is always underpinned by a careful practice defined by our methodology (How we do it). Through this process we achieve our goals by:
• Investigating with the people the visions they have and the opportunities that exist to develop sustainable solutions to the many problems they face. We help them overcome the limitations they face to creating locally controlled programs and enterprises, by providing support and training using the local language and culturally effective education. This includes training clients in such areas as project management and financial accountability, identifying suitable markets for clients’ businesses, and micro-finance support.
Read more about the AHED Program
• Providing discovery education and training that builds on traditional knowledge and helps the Yolngu community better understand the dominant culture and modern knowledge (focusing on a variety of subjects according to the questions and agenda of the communities we are working with.) Currently we are engaged in developing resources and providing training in subjects that include, economic development, Native Title and Land Rights, Business practice and management, Good Governance, Nutrition, Chronic Disease and Preventative Health. For example, read more about our Yolngu Radio Programs
• Lifestyle change and Health Coaching for Yolngu people wishing to heal their bodies and turn around their chronic disease. The recently birthed community driven program, arising out of our AHED project so far has 80% effectiveness at improving chronic conditions. There is a great opportunity for all to be part of helping transform the health of several Aboriginal communities. Check out the Hope for Health website
• Delivering community development, diversity management, and cross-cultural training to mainstream individuals and organisations across Australia. Those working with remote Indigenous communities, from policy to service delivery, have the most to benefit from our training. Our products and services range from intensive 2 day cross-cultural training seminars to tailored workshops and consultancy services.
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We believe that all cultures in the world have the right to exist and flourish, and that mutual humanity, understanding and respect should be fostered to pursue what the Yolngu call Magaya, peace and tranquil harmony.
We believe that Australia is uniquely placed in the world, wherein one of its youngest cultures, that of modern Australia, lives alongside its oldest continuing culture, that of the Aboriginal people. However, we recognise that the process of colonisation has inflicted terrible wounds in the psyche of both sides of the cultural divide, and that much work is needed to build a co-existent relationship where each person’s culture, language and customs are honoured and respected.
This is our motivation; to works towards reconciliation that brings together our diverse cultures in the spirit of forgiveness, understanding and mutual benefit.
The work of Why Warriors is also based on international law, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which states that Indigenous peoples have the right to:
• live on and use their traditional lands and territories
• free, prior, and informed consent before any outside project is undertaken on their land
• maintain their languages, cultural practices, and sacred places
• full government services