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The Yiriman youth project is one component of the Yiriman project and is designed for Aboriginal young people aged from 12 to 18 years. The Yiriman youth project concentrates on helping young people re-connect with people and place through organised positive trips with Elders and family in country. It is hoped that these bush trips will relieve the pressures experienced by young people in town or community life, and allow them to identify and work through problems that are affecting them. These trips also aim to provide young people with alternative activities to harmful behaviours, and provide information and activities that will benefit their mind and bodies.
The Yiriman project was established by Elders from four Kimberley language groups: Nyikina, Mangala, Karajarri, and Walmajarri. The Elders were concerned for their young people due to issues of self-harm and alcohol and other drug 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.
Abstract adapted from the Yiriman Project
Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre
Great Northern Highway
PO Box 110
Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765
Ph: (08) 9191 5317