Dean Yibarbuk

Mentor and Engagement Officer
Dean Yibarbuk

About Dean

Dean Munuggullumurr Yibarbuk was born in 1955 near the Tomkinson River, in Central Arnhem Land. Two years after Dean’s birth the Government established a settlement nearby at Maningrida which today is a regional centre for small indigenous communities in the region. He is a traditional owner of Djinkarr, near Maningrida. Dean’s language is Gurrgoni.

Dean has taken a prominent leadership role in developing contemporary land management programs to deal with conservation issues on Aboriginal land. A driving force behind the development of the Djelk rangers at Maningrida, Dean is also a senior ranger. He has also been a chairman of both Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation and DEMED Association.

Dean is currently a representative for West Arnhem region on the Northern Land Council full council. He has been a key figure in the development of Warddeken Land Management Limited, the declaration of the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area and the development of a ground-breaking use of traditional knowledge of savannah burning practices to deal with climate change.

Dean is the Secretary of Warddeken Land Management Limited, a not-for-profit established to support a movement back to country linked to critical conservation issues. He has travelled widely in Australia and overseas to speak on fire management and other conservation issues.

Dean also is also founding director of the Aboriginal Research Practitioners’ Network (ARPnet) hosted by Charles Darwin University (CDU) and is currently working as the Mentor and Engagement Officer for the Whole of Community Engagement (WCE) initiative in both Maningrida and Gunbalanya.

Dean has participated in a number of conference and projects; below are some links that illustrate his involvements: 

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Aurelie Girard

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Valda Shannon

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Community Researcher
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Simon Fisher

Simon Fisher

Community Research Leader
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Dr Eliani Boton

Dr Eliani Boton

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Yalmay Yunupingu

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Community Co-Researcher
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Jimmy Langdon

Jimmy Langdon

Male Mentor in Community Education Engagement
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Seraine Namundja

Seraine Namundja

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Keresi Motonicocoka

Keresi Motonicocoka

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Assoc. Prof James Smith

Assoc. Prof James Smith

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Millie Olcay

Millie Olcay

Community Engagement Leader
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Rosemary Gundjarranbuy

Rosemary Gundjarranbuy

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Mentor and Engagement Officer
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Dr Bronwyn Rossingh

Dr Bronwyn Rossingh

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Cat Street

Cat Street

Evaluation Coordinator
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Geoffrey Shannon

Geoffrey Shannon

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Elizabeth Katakarinja

Elizabeth Katakarinja

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Dr Lisa Watts

Dr Lisa Watts

Community Engagement Leader
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Professor Steven Larkin

Professor Steven Larkin

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership (2009-2016)
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Allison Stewart

Allison Stewart

Strategic Priority Projects Manager
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Dr Terry Moore

Dr Terry Moore

Teacher Liaison's Leader (2016)
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Donna Stephens

Donna Stephens

Teacher Liaison's Leader (2015), Digital Strategy Advisor (2016)
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Dr Anne Lowell

Dr Anne Lowell

Evaluation & Research Advisor
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David Scholz

David Scholz

Mentor and Community Engagment (2016)
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Dr Elaine L. Maypilama

Dr Elaine L. Maypilama

Community Research Leader
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Dr Matalena Tofa

Dr Matalena Tofa

Mentor and Enrichment Officer (2014-2015)
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Cedric Egan

Cedric Egan

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Peta Fraser

Peta Fraser

Mentor and Enrichment Officer (2014-2016)
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Gabrielle Egan

Gabrielle Egan

Education Team Leader (2015)
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Jamie Hagan

Jamie Hagan

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Kaade Green

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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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