Pledge Your Support
27 Nov 18 -
The Yothu Yindi Foundation will host more than 50 stakeholders from across Australia at a two-day conference in Darwin starting today aimed at improving regional Indigenous education outcomes in northeast Arnhem Land.
4 Aug 18 -
Ladies and gentlemen, this morning you have now been welcomed by your hosts, the Gumatj, and by the Dilak Leaders of the Yothu Yindi Dilak Council.
1 Aug 18 -
Truth-telling will be the major theme when Indigenous, corporate, government and community leaders meet at the Garma Key Forum this weekend.
26 Jul 18 -
Award-winning author Richard Flanagan will be the special guest speaker at this year’s Garma Telstra Corporate Dinner, the Yothu Yindi Foundation said today.
17 Jul 18 -
Garma 2018 will kick off with a day-long Education Fair that empowers young people to speak up about the issues that matter to them most.
10 Jul 18 -
Some of the biggest names in the Arnhem Land music scene are set to take the stage at this year’s Garma in celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary.
“So here I was this young smart kid from Melbourne who thought he knew everything, when suddenly he found he didn’t know much about Australia at all.”
— Ted Egan
“I went to Garma with the philosophy that I was going to challenge myself to slow down and fully appreciate everything around me, to fully appreciate and absorb the Yolngu way. However, I don’t think I was prepared for how life changing the experience was going to be. How I was going to truly see reconciliation in practice.”
— April Long
“The success of the Garma Festival shows that vision can become reality when people work together. If we all take responsibility, if we can work together, I am certain that tomorrow will be better than today”
— Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott 2014
“For me, Indigenous Affairs has never been a ‘victim study’. I believe that you, the people who have cared for Australia’s national estate for more than 400 centuries – can thrive and succeed in 21st Century Australia.”
— Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition
“Here you will learn about the Aboriginal businesses and ventures, innovations in financial products for the Indigenous world, innovations in social enterprise, and outstanding partnerships between Aboriginal corporations and the large and small corporations whose leaders are committed to achieving parity.”
— Professor Marcia Langton
“I simply want to help the most vulnerable people in our community not be prey to the scourges of drugs, alcohol and humbug if they don't want to be.”
— Andrew Forrest
“I love the land I live in. I am a patriot; I’m not a nationalist. Until we embrace that history we’re not really living in our present. That is what Garma means: coming together in harmony. When the two come together, that is Yothu Yindi, and then you have the reality of our here and now.”
— Garma Ambassador Dr Jack Thompson
“To my countrymen and women I want to say to you that the Yolngu people do not stand apart from you – we stand with you and you stand with us. Our ceremonies link with you throughout the country.”
— Djawa Yunupingu
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The Yothu Yindi Foundation was established in 1990 to promote Yolngu cultural development with community leaders and persons of authority from five regional clan groups: Gumatj, Rirratjingu, Djapu, Galpu and Wangurri.
The leadership and innovative program development of the Foundation are considered significantly positive forces supporting Indigenous cultural maintenance, not only in Northeast Arnhem Land, but throughout the country and internationally.
The mission of the Yothu Yindi Foundation is for Yolngu and other Indigenous Australians to have the same level of wellbeing and life opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians. The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable public benevolent institution, with an all- Yolngu Board of Directors. All revenues to the Foundation go to the infrastructure and delivery of its cultural, health, arts, education and economic programs.
Friday 2 to Monday 5 August 2019
We look forward to keeping you up to date with all of our Garma Festival news and as a member you’ll be amongst the first to receive news and updates from the Yothu Yindi Foundation and special offers from time to time.
Sue Hayward, Develop East Arnhem Land, Victoria
Why Garma is important?
“Raising awareness about Indigenous Culture”.
Owen Norris, Djalu, Queensland
“To Support our culture and life style”.
Why I Pledge my support of the Yothu Yindi Foundation
"Because of your support to your culture and future generations."
Sharing My Memories of Garma
"I lived and enjoyed my experience and journey at the mens master class with Djalu and Milkay".
Ellen Michel, Victoria
"As a non indigenous person it is a welcome chance to look, listen and to hear: learn more Aboriginal Culture and what it means to be custodians of this land."
Bill Burdett, Victoria
“Garma is an excellent model which enables attendees to gain a broader and deeper knowledge of the issues involving indigenous Australians”.
My memories of Garma: “Standing in the meal queue and sitting at the communal tables, chatting to other attendees and learning of their reasons for attending Garma; Enjoying the beautiful country in which Garma is located; Participating in group activities; Enjoying excellent coffee!”
Rod Reeve, Northern Territory
My memories of Garma: “The conversations, cultural events, dancing, music, art, friendly people, great food and sensational environment.”
Kate Morgan, New South Wales
“Garma provides a platform for the voices of our Aboiriginal population, and those that want the best for them, coming together for the protection of this countries true heritage and to unite with common passion, care and love of our country and its peoples. The lessons learnt and shared have the opportunity to filter out to a broader population and bring strength to the messages. And so I can come and sit on the side of the bunggul everyday from beginning to end. Bliss.”
Patrick Forman, New South Wales
“Vital role in healing a nation sick at its core.”
Alistair Lee, South Australia
Why I pledge my support to the Yothu Yindi Foundation?
“This (Garma) festival should be on eveyones bucket list.”
Lisa Dhurrkay, Nhulunbuy Northern Territory
“I believe that Garma is important to ALL, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.”
Bianca Williams, Sydney
“Garma is an event that has the ability to change the way people think and feel about Aboriginal Australia. Set amongst the dropback of picturesque Yolngu country in the heart of East Arnhem Land, anyone fortunate enough to attend is encouraged to bring an open heart and mind. Garma will teach you and your organisations how to work better with Aboriginal people whilst also educating younger generations on actualities of our culture, righting the wrongs of fallacies that so strong amongst mainstream Australia.”
Bob Gordon, Tasmania
“It is very difficult for urban Australians to gain an appreciation of Indigenous culture and challenges without a forum like Garma where Yolngu share their culture. Challenging issues are discussed and debated in a spirit of openess and respect.”
Why I pledge my support?
“The bringing together of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to discuss and resolve issues is vitally important to our society. The music, company and bunggul is also great. Spending some time out of the Tasmanian winter is a bonus. ”
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