Waltja is a finalist in the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards (IGA). Reconciliation Australia, with BHP Billiton, runs the Indigenous Governance Awards every two years to celebrate and tell all Australians about strong Indigenous governance.
This year 113 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations were nominated. Waltja is very proud to be one of 8 finalists.
Sharijn said, “This is wonderful, we are all very excited, and proud of our Directors and staff.”
Professor Mick Dodson is the chair of the judges. He said it was a hard job to choose the finalists from “a truly outstanding field of applicants”.
“Our finalists represent the best of what is happening in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around the country,” Mick Dodson said. “These organisations deliver results and are examples of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples leading positive change.”
Judges will visit each finalist and the winners will be announced at an awards event in Melbourne at the end of October.
Mick Dodson, Glenda Humes and Emma White are visiting Waltja on 25 and 26 August. They want to learn more about Waltja’s way of working and to meet with people and organisations we work with.
Waltja is proud to be in the finals with these organisations from across Australia.
- Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience from Sydney. They support school students to go on to further education, training and employment.
- Girringun Aboriginal Corporation?is in Cardwell, North Queensland. They protect the land and sea rights of the traditional owners.
- The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health is in Brisbane. They work for better health for Aboriginal people.
- Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation runs drug and alcohol services with Aboriginal people in Wyndham in Western Australia.
- The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency is the oldest Aboriginal organisation in Victoria that supports Aboriginal children and families.
- The Marruk Project is in Swan Hill in Victoria. They use acting, dancing, music and puppets to share culture.
- Muntjiltjarra Wurrgumu Group is in Wiluna, Western Australia. They work with community, government and mining companies to talk well together about changes in Wiluna.