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

Intergenerational Research Project

In this project, Lawurrpa will lead interviews with 3 generations of family members in Galiwin’ku about their educational experiences.

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.

30 January 2017

Whole of Community Engagement Initiative

Whole of Community Engagement Initiative

The Whole of Community Engagement (WCE) initiative has been operating through the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University for the past two and half years.

23 January 2017

Evaluating WCE

We have been working hard with our partners and stakeholders to get feedback and to document and share our key findings and achievements.

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