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The Yiriman Project was conceived and developed by Elders from four Kimberly language groups: Nyikina, Mangala, Karajarri and Walmajarri in Western Australia. The Elders were concerned for their young people due to issues of self harm and substance use, and saw the need for a place where young people could separate themselves from negative influences, and reconnect with their culture in a remote and culturally significant place. Through this reconnection it is hoped young people will gain strength and resilience, and build positive stories which they can take back with them to their towns and communities.
The project has two main components:
The Yiriman Project identifies 'looking after country' as one of the most effective strategies where by young men and women, choose to remain off harmful substances for long periods of time. Yiriman works in partnership with Juvenile Justice and the Kimberley Land Council.
Abstract adapted from The Yiriman Project
The Yiriman Project
PO Box 535
Derby WA 6728
Ph:(08) 9191 2922
Fax: (08) 9191 2922