This 90 second video, the Luritja version of “Going Bush”, was produced by Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi in partnership with the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter, with support from the Dept of Social services and partnership support from the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.
Welcome to Waltja
“Whatever Waltja does, culture is in the centre of what we do and we hold that strong.” Statement from Waltja Directors’ Meeting, Eastern MacDonnell Ranges, NT, May 2014.
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation (Waltja) is an Aboriginal controlled community-based organisation, which does good work with families, grounded in strong culture and relationships. We work in remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, across nine languages and across more than one quarter of the Northern Territory. Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi is in the Luritja language. It literally means “families, for everybody, really good together”, or the short version, “doing good work with families”. Waltja is governed by a Board of Directors who are senior traditional Aboriginal women, permanent residents and leaders in the remote communities where we work.
“In Waltja, everyone works well together, keeping Waltja strong and friendly – Directors, workers and community. Waltja is home. One family” April Martin, Chairperson.
In November 2014, Waltja was awarded the Reconciliation Australia Indigenous Governance Award for the best-governed Indigenous organisation in Australia. Chair of the judging panel, Professor Mick Dodson, said Waltja has been doing good governance for a very long time, keeping culture at the heart of the work. He said, “Waltja is one of the best organisations I have encountered; the best in Australia.”
The Indigenous language and arts grant was a wonderful opportunity for Waltja, to work with Engawala and Mount Liebig communities to record language and cultural stories.
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Chairperson Irene Nangala
Public Officer Margaret Campbell
Executive Member Enid Gallagher
Executive member April Martin
Executive member Isobel Gorey
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Our 36-page colour magazine The “Family News” is distributed free of charge to all communities in our region. The “Family News” not only gives the communities an outlet for their news and a voice for their concerns; it provides a means of effectively disseminating vital information on the issues affecting community life.
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Your donations are very welcome to support Waltja in our work in keeping culture strong across the generations of families in the remote communities of Central Australia where we work, across nine languages, covering over one-quarter of the Northern Territory. Click here to make a donation online.
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Jacob, Madeline and Cianna visited us and are happy with the Tshirts they bought.
About the design: Waltja’s Directors wanted to do a design that showed Waltja flying like a bird over all the central desert communities, looking out for everyone. The bird design is by well known artist Jimmy Pike (now deceased) and Mangkaja is a white bird from the dreaming. On the back just below the neck is a map of Australia, also designed by the same artist.