Galiwin'ku Indigenous Community

In early 2015, two cyclones, Lam and Nathan, passed over Galiwin’ku. Although no lives were lost during these events, many buildings have been significantly damaged, and some have been destroyed. Many families lost their homes, and are waiting for construction of their new homes to begin. It seems likely that recovery efforts will continue for some time.

Galiwin'ku
Galiwin'ku

Galiwin'ku

Galiwin’ku is a Yolŋu community located on Elcho Island, approximately 550 km North East of Darwin

Shepherdson College Youth Mentoring Project

Shepherdson College Youth Mentoring Project

​Mentoring activities took place at the Shepherdson College. These activities were led by Yalu staff from June to November 2016.

About Galiwin'ku

Galiwin'ku is the largest community on Elcho Island, which also has several homelands and outstations, and was established in the 1940s as a Methodist mission. The population is around 2000 people, of whom around 89% are Yolŋu. In Galiwin’ku there are approximately 10 clans from the Dhuwa moiety, and 11 clans from the Yirritja moiety. Yolŋu Matha is the primary language in Galiwin’ku; Djambarrpuyŋu is the most widely spoken dialect, though several other dialects are also used in Galiwin’ku.

The WCE team began consultations in Galiwin’ku in October 2014. Dr. Ḻäwurrpa Maypilama, an experienced Yolŋu researcher, in Galiwin’ku, is part of the WCE team, and has guided community engagement and research processes. We are also working closely with the Yalu’ Marŋgithinyaraw Centre at Galiwin’ku, which is a Yolŋu organisation that does research and community service work. Community members that we have met with are passionate about strengthening education pathways for people in Galiwin’ku and supporting young people to achieve and learn.

History of education

The WCE team began consultations in Galiwin’ku in October 2014. Dr. Ḻäwurrpa Maypilama, an experienced Yolŋu researcher, in Galiwin’ku, is part of the WCE team, and has guided community engagement and research processes. We are also working closely with the Yalu’ Marŋgithinyaraw Centre at Galiwin’ku, which is a Yolŋu organisation that does research and community service work. Community members that we have met with are passionate about strengthening education pathways for people in Galiwin’ku and supporting young people to achieve and learn.

29 November 2017

Team Member Reflection: Terry Moore

Team Member Reflection: Terry Moore

​I joined the team in April 2016, just in time for the team meeting at Tennant Creek, where it was realised that the team needed someone to analyse the data that was being generated across the different communities.

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