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Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ)
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) is a Martu organisation based in the Western Desert, Western Australia. The organisation delivers an integrated suite of programs that provide significant social, cultural and economic benefits to Martu with the overarching aim of building strong, sustainable communities. Respect and recognition of cultural authority have been key to their success.
KJ is governed by a board of 12 Martu directors. KJ’s Board invites several Elders who assume the KJ Senior Cultural Advisors role to attend board meetings. The KJ Senior Cultural Advisors provide cultural and Martu political advice to the board in its deliberations. The role they play is also crucial in developing and supporting new generations of Martu leaders who will not only be visionaries but will also have the ability to represent and respect the views and concerns of the Martu people, especially the Elders.1“Board and Governance,” Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, accessed June 2023, (link)
KJ’s commitment to involving Elders in their leadership is reinforced through the Martu Leadership Program. The initiative aims to strengthen the ability of participants to work confidently with non-Indigenous systems while promoting Martu aspirations. Wherever possible, Elders are involved to mentor group activities.2“Martu Leadership Program,” Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, accessed June 2023, (link)